This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

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

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say