Audit of GP registrar test ordering raises eyebrows

Research suggesting GP registrars significantly increase their rate of pathology ordering as they go through training has triggered calls for more intensive GP supervision.

The study of 876 GP registrars shows that contrary to expectations, the rate of test requests increases by 11% every six months during their first two years of training.

Common tests requested range from FBCs to glucose, liver and thyroid function tests, and Pap smear cytology.

The large degree of autonomy GP registrars have, which increases through training, may be the
reason for the rise in test