Among responses from 111 PCTs to a Freedom of Information Act request, 34 provided detailed information about the savings they expect to make through restricting procedures.
On average, PCTs expected to save £1,051,000 through restricting procedures they deemed ‘non-urgent’, of ‘limited clinical value’, ‘low priority’ or ‘cosmetic’.
Earlier this week, GPonline.com revealed that 64% of PCTs have now introduced such policies and that 35% of PCTs have added to their list of procedures for 2011/2.
GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul has said the government needed to decide on a consistent set of national standards of ‘low priority’ treatments to help remove postcode lotteries in provision.
‘The problem with different low-priority thresholds is that they are often drawn up on the basis of local interpretation of evidence,’ he said. ‘Ultimately that is not fair to patients.’