Dr Graham Croker, a full-time GP in Portsmouth, said that doing more to bring secondary clinicians on board would be one of the big challenges of his new role.
‘IT processes within hospitals aren't as well developed as in general practice,' he said.
‘And it's a fairly major change to take control of appointments away from secondary care, and put it in the hands of patients and their agents, GPs.'
But he added that the system could have real benefits for hospitals, citing reductions in missed appointments and falling waiting times.
‘The time between paper referral appearing and being acted on can be up to nine days. That just disappears,' he said.
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