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The NHS chief executives report praised GPs for keeping

a lid on their referrals to outpatients for the second year running.

Outpatient referrals rose by just 4,000 in 2004/5 to 9,527,000.

Sir Nigel Crisp said GPs were doing more work in their practice and managing referrals better.

But he added: 'I would like to see much more. We've got to get more convenient services for patients. After all, they are paying.'

The report also showed GPs were carrying out between 3 and 12.4 per cent of procedures that would have previously been done in hospitals. Between 548,000 and 599,000 procedures were carried out in GP surgeries, up from 532,000.

The report also showed:

·686.1 million prescriptions issued in the community, up from 649.7 million

·prescribing costs rose

by £570 million to £8.08


·99.98 per cent of patients saw a GP within two working days

·number of patients denied the option of booking more than two days ahead down to 1.6 per cent from 12 per cent last October

·836,000 GP consultations were held every day in 2004/5.

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