GPs slam new triage referral system

GPs have savaged a referral system rolled out across WA, claiming patients are being referred to hospitals 100km or more away from where they live.

The Central Referral Service system was launched two months ago to cut the waiting lists plaguing the state's outpatient services.

It means GPs fill out a five-page application form, either online or on paper, which is then sent to a nurse triage unit that decides what hospital and service will treat a patient.