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GPs should have right to contact consultants directly, Government review finds


It is heartening to see that there is "talk" of addressing "the[truly] perverse incentives such as hospitals gaining revenue by referring patients back to their GP rather than straight on to a specialist within the hospital, or booking patients into phantom appointments which are later cancelled so as not to breach waiting time targets". I recently took issue with a consultant Orthopaedic surgeonat a local hospital because he reviewd a patient of ours at his clinic and discovered that the patient had post -operative infection [following his own surgery] and advised the patient to contact his GP to be re-referred back to secondary care.Admittedly this is a more extreme example of such truly perverse practice nevertheless it is now very rife.It is hardly any wonder that the cost of care in secondary care continues to soar. One can only hope that our secondary care colleagues refuse to bow to pressure to participate in this despicable practice

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29 Jan 2013

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