Too much "tick box" red tape causing problems again!
NHS patients face "dangerous" treatment delays due to a 10-fold increase in "crude, expensive" referral management centres, doctors have warned. The centres, sometimes run by private firms, vet GP referrals and decide if patients should receive hospital care. The British Medical Association (BMA) called them "inefficient" and a "block between the GP and patient treatment". NHS Clinical Commissioners said "in many cases" the centres "provide a useful and effective role".