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GPs and consultants at odds over pooled waiting lists

More than 90 per cent of GPs want waiting lists for specialist treatment pooled to cut waiting times, but only one-third of consultants favour such a system, a study has found.

The study of 50 GPs, 479 consultants and 85 cataract surgery patients by the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre found 92 per cent of GPs and 82 per cent of patients favoured a pooled system where patients see the next available consultant.

But 67 per cent of consultants opposed such a system according to the study in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (December).

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