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GPs to cut referrals

2nd May 2012

GPs are under increased pressure to reduce the number of patients they send to hospital, it has been claimed.

A survey of 667 family doctors found that six out of ten were being put under ‘inappropriate’ pressure to refer fewer patients and potentially deny them the best care as part of a controversial that scheme can pay out almost £9,000 a year to surgeries. The scheme, introduced last May, enables GPs to be rewarded for cutting the number of patients sent to hospital specialists or A&E departments.

 

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