GPs being paid to cut patient referrals
2 October 2015
From the section Health
In one case GP surgeries were offered £11,000 to reduce patient referrals
Doctors are being offered thousands of pounds in bonuses to cut the number of patients being sent to hospital, an investigation has found.
GP practices are incentivised to help local NHS groups limit the number of patient referrals, cutting costs, the doctors’ magazine Pulse found.
Appointments affected included scans and consultations with specialists.
The British Medical Association GPs committee said such incentives were “crude” and “misguided”.
‘Crude, salesman-like bonuses’
At least nine clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England were offering GP practices payments for …read more
Source:: BBC UK