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


Well at least it may permit some of our consultant colleagues to move their personal thinking on from:- "stupid GP's refer too many people who don't have cancer" to " there are a large number of people very worried and presenting symptoms suggestive of, but who do not have cancer." The only absolute in my book is that the direct access service must manage the repeated attendances for rechecking and not deflect them onto the GP, given the published body of evidence that "reassurance investigation" increases frequency of future presentation.

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12 Jan 2015

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