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Trust pays GPs £3.50 for each Choose and Book referral

By Gareth Iacobucci

A PCT in South London desperate to increase use of Choose and Book has begun offering GPs flat-rate payments for referrals made through the controversial system.

Incentives for using Choose and Book have tended to reward the percentage of referrals made.

But Bromley PCT, which in July admitted it was ‘one of the worst performing PCTs nationally in terms of Choose and Book', has introduced a two month LES paying a flat rate of £3.50 per referral.

Bromley LMC said it expected the scheme to be extended if it succeeds in raising performance, but warned it would not succeed unless local hospital trusts increased the number of available slots.

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