GPs to follow up patients after surgeryBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39084.530405.DB (Published 04 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:9
- Zosia Kmietowicz
Responsibility for carrying out routine check-ups of patients six weeks after surgery is to shift from consultants to GPs. The Department of Health estimates that the move will save the NHS in England £1.9bn (€2.8bn; $3.7bn) a year.
The proposal, which will cover elective surgery, has been recommended by David Colin-Thomé, the national clinical director for primary care, in a report that is due to be published later this month. The health department is almost certain to adopt the plan, because it will free up surgeons' …