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Outpatient rise blamed on consultants

12th February 2009

Research has suggested hospital consultants, and not GPs, are to blame for the sharp increase in outpatient appointments.

Findings from health data analysts CHKS showed that as the total number of referrals in the England rose from 7.1 to 8.6 million, the proportion made by GPs actually fell, from 68% to 62%. CHKS found the number of referrals from consultants, A&E and other sources rose by a third (32%) over the same period. GPs had faced accusations of over-referring in the past year.

 

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