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GP indemnity overhaul moved forward

GPs in south Wales have hit out at a hospital for refusing referrals for sleep apnoea, despite an agreement between practices and managers guaranteeing patients will be seen.

The referrals to the clinic at Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust were returned to GPs because the trust's clinical governance team said the service was unsafe because of staff shortages. Bro Taf LMC has urged GPs to lobby the trust's medical director if further problems occur.

LMC secretary Dr Gareth Hayes said the situation was 'not acceptable at all'. He added: 'The LMC felt that it wasn't carried through properly and GPs were not offered an alternative avenue for their referrals. The trust has agreed to see urgent referrals, but what constitutes an urgent sleep apnoea referral?'

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