Cash for cuts
Exclusive Nearly a tenth of specialist referrals were sent back to primary care by a £206,000 a year private management scheme, a CCG has revealed.
A petition to stop cash-for-cuts referrals has gained nearly 100,000 signatures, after being launched this morning.
The Labour Party has called on the health secretary to addres Parliament to 'rule out' the 'cash for cuts'-style GP referral schemes revealed by Pulse today.
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A CCG is offering practices incentives to cut all referrals – including cancer referrals – Pulse has learnt.
GPs are being incentivised to cut referrals by 10% as part of a £1.4m plan to cut referrals.
The total number of GP referrals has fallen by 2% in the last year, the first decrease since 2011, breaking the trend that saw the figure rise by 22% in the past eight years.
GP practices in five areas of the country are being offered controversial ‘profit share’ agreements that see them paid up to half the savings if they refrain from referring their patients to hospital.
GPs in some areas are being asked to sign off on all locum referrals as part of incentive schemes designed to cut outpatient appointments, Pulse’s ‘Cash for cuts’ investigation has revealed.
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Concern over schemes to drive down elective activity
The RCGP has called on CCGs to stop commissioning management centres aiming to reduce the number of GP referrals to secondary care.