GPs' views of consultants' non-urgent referral of patients to other consultants

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7049.111c (Published 13 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:111

Time is wasted if GPs make the second referral

  1. Charles Essex
  1. Consultant community paediatrician Child Development Unit, Gulson Hospital, Coventry CV1 2HR

    EDITOR,—S Bridger and S R Cairns present data on the different attitudes of fundholding and non-fundholding general practitioners to non-urgent referral of patients by one consultant to another.1 One can speculate on the reasons for the difference between these results and those of a survey carried out in 1991, before the introduction of fundholding.2 More important than the opinions of the general practitioners are the opinions of the patients, for whose benefit these referrals are made.

    The consultant should make …

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