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Patients to be allowed to self-refer for cancer diagnostics without going through GP


Very good if it helps speed cancer diagnosis but it is yet another tier and might just be another sticking plaster on a flawed system. It will also require additional funding to prevent delays and withdrawal of other services? However at present patients often fall in between the precise referral criteria yet GP clinical judgment dictates that cancer needs to be urgently excluded. These patients still frequently turn out to have cancer but often face severe difficulties and delays negotiating the system especially in areas that have referral (mis)management. The GP will still need to be involved and somehow get them investigated and fight against their urgent cancer referrals that are bounced back by referral management and secondary care.

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12 Jan 2015

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