Extracontractual referralsBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7011.1026c (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1026
- S J Cornell
- 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 …