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GP's offer to save lives is snubbed

Dr Jeff Featherstone, a GP in Liverpool, was so determined to get bowel cancer screening up and running in his area, he offered to run a free colonoscopy service.

Dr Jeff Featherstone, a GP in Liverpool, was so determined to get bowel cancer screening up and running in his area, he offered to run a free colonoscopy service.

But his local hospital and PCT rejected the offer, despite his 20-years' experience in his primary care endoscopy clinic.

'For every 12 colonoscopies done on the basis of positive faecal occult blood findings you will save a life. I offered to do six a week so I would save a life every two weeks', he said.

Last week, the Department of Health admitted that the national bowel cancer screening programme would begin in one site rather than five and that it had yet to order the testing kits despite an original pledge to start the scheme this month.

Dr Featherstone slammed the Government's commitment to bowel cancer screening as 'nothing but window dressing'.

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