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NHS outpatient model is no longer fit for purpose, says RCP

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4759 (Published 09 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4759
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The current model of outpatient care in the NHS requires wholesale redesign to meet growing demand and patient need, the Royal College of Physicians has argued.

A new report1 from the college says the traditional model of outpatient care, based on specialty opinion, diagnosis, and disease monitoring is “no longer fit for purpose,” and places “unnecessary financial and time costs on patients, clinicians, the NHS, and the public purse.”

The college calls for a new approach that takes into account all the costs related to an intervention, including loss of income for patients attending …

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