Letters New:follow-up ratio targets

Time to act on nonsensical outpatient follow-up ratio targets

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8243 (Published 10 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:d8243
  1. Andrew N Bamji, consultant rheumatologist1
  1. 1Rye, East Sussex TN31 7ES, UK
  1. bamji{at}btinternet.com

A year ago I wrote about imposed targets for outpatient new:follow-up ratios and their impact on chronic disease management,1 receiving many supportive comments in both medical circles and the lay press.

I hoped that common sense would prevail and that this damaging target would be abandoned. I was therefore appalled to learn from a colleague that quite the opposite was …

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