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Letters NHS England targets for outpatient appointments

New and follow-up outpatient appointments are out of date concepts

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 18 September 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p2088
  1. John Dean, clinical vice president,
  2. Theresa Barnes, clinical lead for outpatient care
  1. Royal College of Physicians, London NW1 4LE, UK
  1. john.dean{at}

Oliver challenges the NHS England targets around outpatient appointments.1 He references the work that the Royal College of Physicians is leading with NHS England on building a strategy for outpatient care for the future.2 This work is a true co-production approach involving patients and carers and health and care professionals from all sectors. We have held three clinical summits on the current challenges and opportunities for patients, …

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