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Should you look a GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH?

GPs in Buckinghamshire are meeting managers this week in an effort to stave off a plan to cap referrals.

Three PCTs want to limit referrals to Buckingham Hospitals NHS Trust to 1,500 per week ­ 400 fewer than usual.

Dr Paul Roblin, medical secretary of Berks, Bucks and Oxon LMC, said GPs accepted they had a part to play in cutting referrals but the idea of a cap was 'horrific'.

He said: 'My preferred way is for all referrals to be triaged in a clinically ''intelligent'' way by respected clinicians.'

Bart Johnson, chief executive of Chiltern and South Bucks PCT, and chair of the commissioning board of the three PCTs, said plans to cut referrals were in response to patient wishes.

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