The Tories slammed the figures, saying the Labour-controlled Welsh NHS was ‘staring into an abyss’.
The pilot schemes were introduced in Darlington and Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
“Whilst GPs cherish the unique relationships we have with our patients – and the trust our patients have in us - we are not always the most appropriate healthcare professional to seek medical advice from, if indeed it is necessary at all,” she said.
GPs won’t be able to send patients straight to hospital without consulting a panel of other doctors under a controversial plan to slash costs.
Last night, NHS England said peer reviews were a simple way for GPs to support each other and to spare patients from making unnecessary trips to hospital.