Saturday, September 10, 2011
“Rationing by stealth” is hitting the NHS, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has claimed, after official figures were released showing a steep fall in the number of people referred to hospital by GPs.
Department of Health statistics show the number of referrals made by GPs in the year up to July was 4.7 per cent lower than for the same period in 2010.
These referrals had shown a 3.5 per cent increase at the same stage last year, according to the department.
The number of patients attending for outpatient appointments has also fallen, by 2.7 per cent.
This article was posted: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 12:32 am