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I'm fed up of being undermined

I am becoming increasingly concerned about how patients who develop malignant disease are treated when they are told their diagnosis. It seems oncologists are now taught that all the facts (as they perceive them) should be presented to patients at diagnosis, presumably so they can 'put their affairs in order'.

At least one of my oncologist colleagues shares my unhappiness about the situation but tells me that the Government, in its wisdom, wants patients to be better informed and be sent copy letters of all correspondence between GP and consultant as a matter of course. I would be interested to hear what other GPs think.

Dr Diana Lowry

Epping, Essex

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