College slams mandatory GP referral rules

The new requirements seem more focused on decreasing waiting times, says Dr Harry Nespolon

The RACGP has hit out at the introduction of GP referral criteria in Victoria, saying their real purpose is to knock back patients in a bid to “artificially” cut outpatient waiting times.

Dr Harry Nespolon
Dr Harry Nespolon. Photo: RACGP

Under statewide rules starting next month, Victorian public hospitals will judge all new adult referrals for three specialties against core criteria,