London GPs have forced a health authority and trust to drop plans to restrict doctors' access to diagnostic services.
Barnet HA and Wellhouse trust, which runs Barnet General and Edgware General hospitals, put forward plans to stop direct access to pathology and radiology services as part of measures to save pounds7m over three years.
The moves were fiercely opposed by Barnet local medical committee, but plans to close a surgical ward, delay routine surgery and restrict non- urgent outpatient appointments will go ahead. GP Martin Harris, who co- ordinated doctors' opposition, said: 'We have resolved the emergency situation in the run-up to 1 April, but we still need to make sure these services continue after that.'
Barnet community health council is seeking a judicial review of the cuts, claiming it was not consulted. In a statement, Barnet HA said it was preparing for this case and that its decision not to go ahead with some of the proposed cuts was in response to 'very serious concerns' of GPs.