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GP fundholders can no longer jump the queue

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 26 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:205
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    Hospitals will no longer be able to set different standards for waiting times for the patients of GP fundholders and those of non-fundholding GPs.

    From April 1998, when current contracts run out, fundholders will not be able to press for faster treatment, except on clinical or social grounds. Health authorities must have standards for maximum waiting times that are common to all residents, and within these standards the admission for non-urgent treatment must be on the basis of clinical priority alone. NHS …

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