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Referrals between consultants: System has potential for error

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:490
  1. Peter Gooderham, tutor (
  1. Cardiff Law School, Cardiff CF10 3XJ

    EDITOR—Goodman draws attention to a problem that frustrates general practitioners and hospital doctors alike: it is ludicrous that one professional cannot readily refer to another in the hospital system.1

    Much anecdotal evidence shows that this is a major problem. Deliberately introducing delay into such a referral system increases the risk …

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