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


As a locum, I find this rather insulting. I have rather more experience as a doctor than some of the partners I work for, and I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes when they block one of my referrals without seeing the patient, and harm or perceived harm comes to the patient. This sort of scheme is money for work that has already been done. If I don’t know the local referral pathway, I ask a partner or secretary. Although only the other day, it seemed that I was the only one in the practice who knew the local pathway, from my work in other practices... after a considerable amount of searching and phone calls, the referral form I knew was needed was eventually produced!

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28 Feb 2018

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