GP Incentive Schemes to Reduce Referrals to Hospital? (BBC News / Pulse / NHS England / Department of Health)

Summary

GP practices may sometimes receive incentive payments for reducing the number of patients referred to hospital, according to an investigation by Pulse.

The aim of NHS leaders is to reduce inappropriate patient referrals, i.e. where patients can be better cared for locally, but NHS England and the Department of Health explicitly have plans to increase (not deter) appropriate referrals to hospital consultants for cancer checks.

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GPs being paid to cut patient referrals. London: BBC Health News, October 2nd 2015.

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Matthews-King, A. (2015). GP practices offered ‘ethically questionable’ incentives to cut urgent cancer referrals. Online: Pulse, October 1st 2015.

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Matthews-King, A. (2015). A moral dilemma: GP practices offered incentives to cut urgent referrals. Online: Pulse, October 1st 2015.

Light and Shade: An Interesting Contrast?

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Celebrating Older People – Professor John Young and Jagtar Dhanda. London: NHS England, October 1st 2015.

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Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England 2015-2020. London: Independent Cancer Taskforce, July 16th 2015.

There is also an Executive Summary.

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Department of Health announces plans to improve cancer care by reducing time to diagnosis. London: Department of Health, September 13th 2015.

Also of interest, concerning patients’ attitudes to treatment:

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Exploring the attitudes and behaviours of older people living with cancer. Research conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. London: Macmillan Cancer Support, August 17th 2015.

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