DoH says GP referrals up 300,000 in the last year

The number of GP referrals made in England has increased by 295,100 (12.6%) against the same period last year, according to the DoH.

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The number of other referrals has increased by 124,100 (9.2%) against the second quarter in 2007/8.

However, the number of GP written referrals is, in fact, falling, looking at the last two quarters.

Just three of England’s 10 strategic health authorities show increases in GP written referrals for quarter two (July – September) compared with quarter one (April – June).

The largest increase is West Midlands, followed by East of England and then South East Coast.

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