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Paying GPs to not refer patients is deeply unethical


An investigation by Pulse magazine has shown that some Clinical Commisioning Groups are offering GP practices up to 50% of the savings made if they send fewer patients to hospital for elective care. From the patient's point of view, it would seem that the CCG finds it cheaper to send the GP a cash bung than to pay for the patient's care. Alarmingly, …

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NHS England must stop letting standards slip


Having suspended elective care during January and abandoned A&E waiting time targets this month, NHS England are already allowing basic NHS standards to be eroded, citing lack of funding and growing demand. At a more local level, CCGs have tried to pull tricks like denying care to smokers and obese patients. As the government has failed to invest sufficient funding to support …

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