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GP Referrals

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether GPs will have a choice whether to send patients to an NHS hospital or through the capture, assess, treat and support system to independent treatment centres when referring them for treatment. (109117)

The clinical assessment and treatment services is a primary care-based referral and assessment service and will be available for patients who do not need the specialist skills of secondary care or an elective procedure as part of an integrated modern clinical pathway. Referring clinicians are not required to refer patients to a particular service provider but should help each patient make the best choice for his or her needs.