Rates of ‘routine’ hospital referrals slashed

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DRAMATIC reductions in rates of patient referrals for routine hospital care are being delivered in Yorkshire as NHS savings plans begin to bite.

Numbers of patients referred by GPs to hospital soared by 16 per cent in the three months to December 2009 compared to the same period two years earlier.

But only three per cent more patients were referred between October and December last year compared to 2009 and there were even significant reductions in some areas including Sheffield where fewer outpatients were sent to hospital than in 2007.


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