Guidance on GP referrals to be published20th July 2010
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is set to publish guidelines for the threshold for GP patient referrals.
The publication of the guidelines will change the prominence of the institute's role in primary care.
NICE's usual responsibilities include making decisions about the cost and effectiveness of medication, and the publication of clinical guidance.
The publication by the new coalition government of the White Paper showed the institute will take on board more responsibility.
It is set to publish the 150 quality standards that will make up the core of the new NHS Outcomes Framework.
NICE chief executive Andrew Dillon said the institute would be responsible for publishing guidelines for referral thresholds to ensure GPs avoided "inappropriate" referrals.
"We are aware that referrals are a big priority now for the NHS. One of the key decisions that GPs will make in their new role as budget holders is when to refer to secondary care."
"It’s not telling doctors what to do. It’s the evidence of when referrals offer significant gains for patients. We will be culling information from existing guidance and we hope they are useful in the new world of GP commissioning as they are now", he added.
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Thursday 22nd July 2010 @ 9:58
It does sound positive. However, if we are already experiencing GP's incompetence at diagnosing some medical conditions, simply because some believe that they know everything and seriously would do anything to stop a patient from seeing a specialist, it could be that those changes make the situation even worse in many cases. It is interesting to know if NICE are considering to put any guidelines regarding when a GP should pro-actively arrange a referral and not be so concerned about the budget, targets and etc.
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Title: Guidance on GP referrals to be published
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15554
Date Added: 20th Jul 2010