One-stop shop stopped
Dr Elizabeth Howard knows from her own experience the devastating effect of delayed diagnosis for cancer.
Dr Howard, a GP in Romford, Essex, had suspicious symptoms for eight months before her non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was diagnosed.
She is convinced current urgent referral guidelines for cancer are far too restrictive and believes GPs should be free to act on their concerns without being criticised for 'inappropriate' referral.
'I still look at the two-week referral guidelines and worry for other unusual patients. There needs to be an area where GPs can write "I know this does not fit the guidelines, but I'm worried".'