GP’s Paid Not to Refer For Cancer Tests

This practice is unethical

It is appalling that GP’s are being paid NOT to refer patients for cancer tests.

How many people have died because of this?

“Doctors are still being paid cash for not referring people for urgent cancer tests, an investigation has found.

Last September, it was revealed that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were offering rewards to cut the number of people referred to hospitals for key scans and checks.

A new investigation by the GP magazine Pulse has found that both NHS Lambeth CCG and NHS North East Lincolnshire CCG have failed to amend their schemes. 

First hospital appointments for cancer should occur within two weeks of a GP suspecting the disease.  

Some CCGs have argued the incentives represented no conflict of interest for doctors and said they were cutting the huge variation between practices over referral rates.”

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