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GPs turn backs on minor ops

24th June 2009

Figures from the Department of Health have shown that the number of ‘specialist’ procedures carried out in primary care has fallen by 17% over the last year.

The fall, from 895,000 in 2007/08 to 737,400 in 2008/09, has been attributed by GPs to the standoff over GP minor surgery. At the same time, there was a 14% increase in hospital outpatient procedures. The DH figures also reveal the overall number of GPSIs fell by 4%, suggesting tough new accreditation standards are acting as a deterrent to some.


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