Fundholding has changed referral practice

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7028.445 (Published 17 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:445
  1. Kevin Perrett
  1. Senior registrar in public health medicine Department of Public Health, Barnsley Health Authority, Barnsley S75 2PY

    EDITOR,—I disagree with Rebecca Surender and colleagues when they conclude that their study shows that fundholding has had little effect on general practitioners' referral rates.1 In the context of the longstanding and inexorable increase in all phases of activity in the NHS, it is expecting a great deal that fundholders would have …

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