Letters Should GPs be paid to reduce unnecessary referrals?

Referral criteria need to be decided, published, and used

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6599 (Published 09 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6599
  1. Ian L P Beales, consultant gastroenterologist1
  1. 1Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich NR4 7UY, UK
  1. i.beales{at}uea.ac.uk

It seems outrageous that the question of whether GPs should be paid to reduce unnecessary referrals is even being debated.1 Surely paying doctors not to refer is the same as doctors referring patients to a diagnostic or clinical facility in which they have a financial stake? This is morally and ethically wrong and at …

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