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'Urgent cancer referrals should not be refused'


sorry: if its not 2 week wait and done urgently first 'urgent' doesnt mean much to my local consultants: it means they can play games and see the pt in 2-3 months time. if a cancer is missed : blame will be with GP for NOT referring under the 2 week referral criteria. secondly: dear Prof: speak to agent Hunt who has been slaying GP reputations for last 1year including on cancer referrals. remember the name and shame the drs/surgeries who perform poorly on cancer survival. thirdly: if a mistake happens: a GP sends the referral as urgent but get seens in 2-3 months and a cancer dx made: the consultant will also blame the GP for not doing the 2 week referral and hence medicolegal challenge for GP. rather than asking us to take the risks: why do secondary care take some responsibility and at their own risk downgrade the referral ( ' it dont think they will have the courage to do so') or ask J Hunt to fund the service appropriately. NHS is running out of money and hence the above issues. Pts demands have escalated in last 5 years have been a GP. When a GP will get into trouble with GMC non of you will come to support and say that you did suggest urgent referrals rather than 2 week wait. suspecting a cancer = 2 week wait referral (NICE guidelines are very clear). if not clear enough study the medicolegal challenges GPs hae faced with delayed dx of cancers; GMC has them all.

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18 Dec 2014

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