DoH rejects CBI's call to incentivise ISTC referrals

The DoH has rejected suggestions that GPs should be given financial incentives to refer more patients to Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTCs).

A report from the CBI last week argued that GPs shared the blame for the centres' poor value for money, because they did not refer enough patients for them to work at capacity.

Among other recommendations it called for commissioners to be ‘incentivised' to refer patients to ISTCs, and raised the possibility of adding a referral target to the quality framework.

But a DoH spokesman said: ‘We have had no proposals to look to develop new contractual arrangements that would reward GPs in their referral behaviour to ISTCs.'

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