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GPs call halt to 'slow-track' waiting list

An LMC has acted to stop patients referred from a musculoskeletal triage service being put in a slow queue to see a consultant.

Dr Richard Vautrey, Leeds LMC member and a GP, said the scheme was launched to speed up access to hospital and cut unnecessary referrals. But patients were waiting longer to see consultants than if they were referred by GPs. 'It was legal but completely unacceptable,' said Dr Vautrey.

Patients referred after triage did not count in waiting list targets, but the trust has agreed to reclassify them.

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