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Crackdown on GPs refusing to offer pre-bookable slots

Dr Mike Ingram has fired off a tongue-in-cheek letter to local hospitals as a riposte to their regular orders for GPs not to refer patients because consultants are under 'extreme pressure'.

Mirroring the style of the hospital letters, Dr Ingram, a GP in Radlett, Hertfordshire, 'advises' consultants that GPs are under pressure as a result of 'mass hysteria due to the Daily Mail's health reporting'.

Consultants should ensure they do not refer patients back to their GP for form-filling, routine tests, and 'general fobbing off', the letter says.

'We get these letters every few weeks and they really irritate us,' Dr Ingram said. 'We don't admit people because we have nothing better to do, but there's the implicit assumption we do it because it's getting close to tee-off time.'

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