Letters

Extracontractual referrals

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7011.1026c (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1026
  1. S J Cornell
  1. Registrar in public health medicine Rotherham Health Authority, Rotherham S60 2UN

    Budgets need to be increased to realistic level

    EDITOR,--Barbara Ghodse highlights both the administrative workload and the financial pressures imposed on health authorities by the extracontractual referral system.1 I have analysed the extracontractual referrals processed by Rotherham Health Authority (population 250000) during the three months April to June 1994. I found a similar number of extracontractual referrals per 1000 population and a similar ratio of emergency to non-emergency referrals to those given by Ghodse.

    Because of the perception that an increasing number of extracontractual referrals were consuming increasing resources above the figure set for …

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