GPs ‘block access to private care’

LaingBuisson conference
By Robin Stride

Patients are having a hard time getting referred to a private consultant of their choice because some GP ‘gatekeepers’ only want to point them in the direction of the NHS.

Dissatisfaction at barriers to real patient choice surfaced at the LaingBuisson Private Acute Healthcare Conference in London as speakers spoke of the private consultant route being resisted by the patients’ GPs – and even blocked.

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