276,057 of 500,000 signatures

To Matt Hancock MP - Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Petition text

Don’t use financial incentives or arbitrary targets to reduce GP referrals.

Why is this important?

When you walk into your doctor's office, you want to know your GP is only thinking about giving you the care you need, not the money they can save or the targets they have to hit. But right now some GPs are being offered cash incentives to cut the number of patients they refer to hospital - including people who might have cancer.

This plan is dangerous. If we want to stop this scheme before it spreads across England, it will need thousands of us to tell Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to put an end to it. Will you sign the petition?

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