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GPs can only refer via Choose and Book, CCG rules


Where I am we have been forced to use C and B for all referrals for the past 5 yrs or so. My practice refused initially and were the last in the area to do it. We thought it was completely stupid. The PCT as it was then had some boxes to tick and must have had some target themselves to ensure all practices took part. In the end, it was incentivised for a year then ongoing funding withdrawn. This happens with all new or extra work dumped on us. So now it has become some sort of nebulous quality marker which is dragged up periodically at local network meetings and is audited because we are forced to use a specific Read Code for all referrals. I print most of the referrals out during consultation but regularly the system fails so I get my secretary to do it. Unfunded, of course.

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11 Apr 2015

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