A Pulse investigation, #cashforcuts, has featured on the front covers of the Independent, Telegraph and Daily Mirror this week. 

The investigation into the introduction of new curbs on GP referrals shows nearly a quarter of CCGs have implemented some kind of cash incentive scheme to cut GP referrals. 

The majority of these involve the introduction of new processes, such as peer review. But at least 11 are, more controversially, attaching GP funding to overt targets, meaning GPs are actively incentivised to refrain from referring.