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GPs go forth

Welsh GPs need support to raise day surgery uptake

The Welsh Assembly must ensure GPs get greater support in making referrals in order to improve rates of day surgery, a

report by public spending watchdogs has concluded.

Wales is lagging behind England and Northern Ireland in improving access to day surgery, with only 60 per cent take-up of elective procedures that could be done as day cases.

Barriers to improving rates included long delays in hospitals sending discharge summaries, preventing proper follow-up in the community, the report by the Wales Audit Office said.

Dr Andrew Dearden, GPC Wales chair, said increases in day surgery were welcome but health boards needed to be wary of pushing more work on GPs.

He said: 'We have to be clear that we're not talking about dumping more work into the community without appropriate support.'

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