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Consultant-to-consultant referrals ban piles pressure on GP practices and delays treatment


This is a ridiculous situation. Historically a small proportion of these WERE inappropriate (Ortho Consultant refers to Gynae for them to start a patient on the Pill etc - yes this actually happened) but the vast majority are quite appropriate. Essentially GPs are being used as an unfunded triage service. We might stop the odd referral and save a few pounds, but of course no-one considers our time and staff costs whilst we are doing this. Obviously GP time is free and infinitely elastic...

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14 Aug 2013

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