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GP partners asked to sign off locum referrals to reduce pressure on hospitals


what do you think will happen to you if you make a mistake and don't refer and something happens to that patient? do you think the family, press, friendly uncle GMC, NHSE, your CCG, CQC are going to be supportive or will they try to bury you? at the same time ... if you are refering inappropriately what will they do? ... they can refer you to the GMC. bottom line - more risk, less support and I can only see more GPs getting sent down. of course, there will be many who are so amazing at being GPs who will say we must always do appropriate referals and those that don't are hiding in their failures as good GPs. Really? define appropriate referal? as a locum I see different referal pathways and justification and referals are not fool proof. I insisted on a patient with a well's score of 1 to be seen based on gut instinct - the hospital gave me a hard time but guess what - she had a DVT. sorry but I'm going to refer what ever I feel is appropriate.

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28 Feb 2018

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