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CCG ditches plan to suspend non-urgent referrals

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4444 (Published 12 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4444
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

A clinical commissioning group has withdrawn a plan to suspend non-urgent referrals in light of feedback showing that the proposal was “not supported.”

In its two year financial recovery plan, launched at the beginning of August, St Helens CCG proposed that non-urgent referrals to hospital be “paused” for four months over the winter in a bid to save at least £2.5m (€3m; $3.3m) …

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