Existing outpatient services could be more efficient

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6996.60b (Published 01 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:60
  1. Trudie Roberts,
  2. A M Heagerty,
  3. Paula Foster
  1. Consultant physician, general medicine Consultant physician, general medicine Acting assistant trust clinical audit coordinator University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester M20 2LR

    EDITOR,--David Armstrong and Mick Nicoll suggest that patients are being retained in the outpatient system unnecessarily and that in recent years recycling of patients has worsened, thereby blocking access for new referrals.1 They also suggest that an increase in the number of consultants would solve demand for outreach clinics in general practice despite the fact that hospital consultants have been seeing a declining number of new patients.

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