Panel has reduced inappropriate requests

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7011.1027 (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1027
  1. Stephen Curson,
  2. Andrew Mcalpine,
  3. John Shanks,
  4. Natalie Tiddy,
  5. Marc Rowland
  1. General practitioner Princess Street Group Practice, London SE1 6JP
  2. Extracontractual referral manager, acute services Consultant in public health medicine Head of quality Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham Health Commission, London SE1 7NT
  3. General practitioner Jenner Health Centre, London SE23 1HU

    EDITOR,--We endorse Barbara Ghodse's recommendation that extracontractual referrals could be handled more efficiently.1 We would emphasise more strongly the central importance of involving general practitioners both in assessing the justification for extracontractual referrals and through giving them feedback on decisions made.

    In Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham extracontractual referrals are considered by a …

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