GPs in Bedford have been told by the local Primary Care Trust not to refer any cases to the orthopoedic department at Bedford Hospital (or anywhere else) until the new financial year. As one GP said to me yesterday, I just have to tell patients to come back in April and I'll try again. Of course these patients have not yet got on to a waiting list, so the government can perpetuate the lie that they have reduced waiting. These patients are now queueing to get on a waiting list.
Keep logging on and I will reveal some of the other tricks being used.