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GPs told to cut hospital use

23rd May 2011

An investigation by Pulse has found that GPs have been told to decrease hospital admissions by 15% by April 2012.

Managers have told doctors to make the cuts even though GP groups have warned the targets are not achievable. Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC deputy chair, said: "It’s not surprising PCOs are setting such targets given the challenging financial targets they’ve been set. But to actually achieve them is quite another thing. It’s a laudable aim, but they need to put in place safe alternatives and this takes time and resources."

 

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