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Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Patients should be able to refer themselves for treatment with physiotherapists, speech therapists and dieticians without seeing a doctor first.

Patients should bypass GPs and refer themselves to specialists, says Alan Johnson
Article in the Telegraph


"Alan Johnson will tell the Chief Health Professions Officers conference in London that self-referral means more flexibility for patients, quicker treatment and less time off work.

He will say: "I am giving the green light to physiotherapists, podiatrists and all Allied Health Professionals that they can accept patients who self-refer.

"Services provided by Allied Health Professionals play a vital part in building a society that's fair and inclusive.

"Podiatry, for example, is a vital service for older people as it improves their mobility ensuring that they are not unnecessarily confined to their homes.

"Self-referral will help both vulnerable members of society and those with busy lives by providing quicker access without the unnecessary hoop jumping of going to see a doctor first."

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) include physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, dieticians and podiatrists, who treat problems with the feet and lower legs."

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