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Consultants refuse to accept GP referrals for smokers


This is simple. PVD gets better if you stop smoking, to a degree. If you operate on someone and they continue to smoke the 're-plumbing' fails. Why bother seeing them in the first place. Just because us GPs have to to see patients who refuse to loook after themselves or fail to follow advice or take treatment, let's stop wasting valuable resources by referring them on. They'll be fewer vascular surgeons and their salaries can be diverted to primary care and stop smoking services- ok now I'm being silly!

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12 Aug 2014

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