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Waiting time limits proposed for specialist referral

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7249.1561/a (Published 10 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1561
  1. Judy Jones
  1. London

    Clinical guidelines for managing 11 common conditions, and waiting time limits for referrals from general practitioners to specialists, have been drafted by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). It is the first time that symptom specific advice for referring conditions into specialist services has been produced by a government agency.

    The guidance has been drafted by subject specific advisory groups whose members included GPs, hospital specialists, and patients' representatives. The …

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