Home oxygen not GP responsibility
The Government has removed GPs' responsibility for ordering home oxygen for patients on long-term therapy.
Hospital specialists will now assume the role, with specialist contractors providing supplies. GPs will still be able to prescribe oxygen for patients needing small amounts.
The Department of Health said the move would 'relieve GPs of the bureaucratic burden of writing prescriptions, effectively on the direction of hospital staff'.
Clinical guidelines from the Royal College of Physicians on use of home oxygen were 'out of date', the department said.