Referral management schemes damage patients' interests

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Referral management schemes pose a serious threat to patients' interests, argues Peter Lapsley, Chief Executive of the Skin Care Campaign, in this week's BMJ.

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Referral management schemes are springing up across the NHS as a means of reducing primary care trusts' spending on secondary care services.

The justification given for the introduction of the schemes is that they bring services "closer to home"

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