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Independents' Day

Stand firm on Choose & Book infringements

Why do GPs tolerate this gross infringement of their clinical freedom and duty to their patients?

I never did. I refused to use referral forms or any other unvalidated systems foisted on me by local trusts. I always referred by letter and usually to a named consultant.

If all GPs stood together on this and did likewise, trusts would have no option but to accept it.

If one of my referrals was refused I would discuss it with the CEO and the medical director and if the decision was not overturned I would advise the medical director that I would refer them to the GMC for failure in their obligation to arrange for a consultant opinion.

Thankfully I never had to resort to this extreme measure.

I fear that once again GPs are reaping what they have sown and it appears to be a disappointing harvest.

Dr Michael Blackmore, retired GP, Cyprus

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