GPs to follow up patients after surgery

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 04 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:9
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    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' …

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