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Clinical commissioning group asks GPs to scrap procedures in bid to reduce £23m deficit

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5616 (Published 20 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5616
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

A cash strapped clinical commissioning group in southwest England has been forced to implement new policies to ration the availability of medical care, because of its “dire” financial situation.

Wiltshire CCG has implemented a cap on planned care activity at local hospitals and increased the number of procedures that it can no longer fund as a result of “the very serious financial position” it was in.

In a letter to local GPs obtained and published online by the doctor and comedian Phil Hammond the CCG said that it was also considering tightening the criteria for referring patients to hospital and asked GPs to help it review the use of branded generic drugs and the number of repeat prescriptions issued, as part of its urgent cost cutting drive.1

The letter, …

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