GPs face minor surgery clampdown

GPs are facing a clampdown on minor surgery, with primary care organisations extending the list of interventions they refuse to fund or intervening in referrals to secondary care.

Dr Bailey said thats cuts were going too far
Dr Bailey said thats cuts were going too far

NHS South Birmingham is understood to be consulting over a list of proposed blacklisted procedures, or procedures it wants GPs to get PCT permission for referring to secondary care.

Birmingham LMC executive secretary Dr Robert Morley said the list included non-malignant skin lesions, varicose veins, hysterectomies and grommet insertions.

‘It's all about cuts and saving money,' he said.

GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey said there is a concern that local health boards (LHBs) across Wales are using the ‘interventions not normally funded' definition too liberally.

He said some boards had extended the definition to exclude minor surgery services that GPs have been offering for many years.

GPC Wales has now protested to Paul Williams, chief executive officer of NHS Wales, that LHB blacklists are too far-reaching.

GPC Wales is telling Mr Williams that ‘patient concern or distress and diagnostic uncertainty should both be reasons to ignore any lists of lesions that the LHB doesn't wish to treat'.

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