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Exceptional requests for care surge as rationing deepens

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3188 (Published 04 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3188
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The number of exceptional funding requests that GPs in England are making on behalf of their patients for treatments such as cataract removal, hip and knee replacements, and mental health interventions has increased markedly, an investigation by The BMJ has found.1

Richard Vautrey, a GP in Leeds and deputy chair of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee, said that the figures were a sign that clinical commissioning groups were under increasing financial constraint. “There is undoubtedly more pressure on CCG budgets and attempts to reduce referrals and costs, and the greater use of IFRs [individual funding requests] …

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