GPs are to be offered ‘bribes’ of around £7,500 to slash the number of patients they send to accident and emergency.
Under a controversial bonus scheme that will hit the elderly particularly hard, they will be urged not to refer those with pneumonia, severe influenza or heart problems to hospital.
Patients and senior GPs have labelled the scheme a ‘perverse incentive’ and an ‘unethical waste of taxpayers’ money’.
Laurence Buckman, chairman of the British Medical Association’s GPs’ committee, said: ‘I don’t want a single patient walking into my surgery and saying my grandma’s dead because you refused to admit her. So we’re not going to admit people with pneumonia? I think most doctors will be horrified by this.’
The scheme will be brought in across England this year by the NHS Commissioning Board, which has been created to oversee GP services. As part of Government health reforms, family doctors are in the process of setting up local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to replace primary care trusts.
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