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Up to one quarter of GP referrals ‘avoidable’


You couldn't make it up could you? NHS institutes Patient Charter in which it states patient has a choice to be referred. Couple that with increasing demand and "awareness" campaign with year on year rising complaints/law suites and you wonder why GPs are referring more. I would say 15% inappropriate referral is actually quite small. I'd be interested in "inappropriate OPD follow ups in secondary care" which I bet would be higher then 15%. More worryingly 7% re-referral seems high - does this mean secondary care is mistreating the patients?

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26 Aug 2014

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