Plan to scrap tens of millions of NHS appointments ‘could put patients at risk’

Health service leaders in England finalising moves to axe follow-up hospital consultations and tackle backlog

Plans to scrap tens of millions of “unnecessary” hospital follow-up appointments could put patients at risk and add to the overload at GP surgeries, NHS leaders and doctors are warning.

Health service leaders in England are finalising a radical plan under which hospital consultants will undertake far fewer outpatient appointments and instead perform more surgery to help cut the NHS backlog and long waits for care that many patients experience.

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The Guardian

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