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‘Targets to reduce referrals are morally abhorrent’


NHS is free and when it is free, everybody goes for it whether there is a genuine need for it or not. However, there is always a limit to how much one can afford to pay for everyone free of charge. As the NHS funding is forever inadequate to meet all the demands, apportioning and diverting the free health care to the most needy patients are paramount. In an ideal world, rationing of care or paying GPs to cut referrals is wrong and immoral. Given the current funding crisis, some practical means are needed to divert the funded care to the most needy patients. I have seen some referrals which are totally unnecessary and a completely wasteful disaster. I believe the new scheme using financial rewards to incentivise GPs to cut their referrals is aiming to reduce these wasteful referrals. If this is the case, then it appears to be more acceptable to me.

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01 Mar 2018

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