Letters Should GPs be paid to reduce unnecessary referrals?

Rather than pay GPs to reduce referrals, use the money to improve community services

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6598 (Published 09 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6598
  1. Rod Jennings, general practitioner1
  1. 1Bulkington Surgery, Bedworth CV12 9JB, UK
  1. rodthedoc{at}gmail.com

I’m sure all GPs endeavour to make referrals that are in the patient’s best interests. With an appropriate transfer of resources, some patients could be better managed in the community. Whatever the guise, it is wrong to introduce financial incentives into …

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