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Private health screening: NHS must not be left to “pick up the pieces,” say LMCs

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1289 (Published 20 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1289
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Private screening providers should be mandated to provide follow-up appointments with patients to discuss abnormal results and should not offload responsibility to the NHS, local medical committees (LMCs) have argued.

The annual conference of LMCs, held in Belfast on 19 March, carried a motion arguing that GPs should be empowered to invoice private screening providers directly for their time if, as NHS GPs, they provide follow-up appointments to patients who had undergone privately funded scans.

The conference also voted on a separate stem of the motion saying it believed that health …

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