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GPs required to take pictures of lesions before skin cancer referrals


This is a clear money saving exercise leaving GPs with the legal liability. Unacceptable. How many of us have sat through dermatology lectures with slides, aka photographs, of lesions which defy analysis, let alone the diagnosis given to them by the expert? How many of us have tried using phones, cameras, whatever, to photograph a skin? Very difficult to get the focus (even if auto) distance, contrast, positioning, shadowing, lighting right in order to do justice to the lesion. Even then the suspicions of a Mark 1 eyeball 'hands on' view may be inadequately expressed. Mistakes will be made and I hope those refusing the referral will be made to take the responsibility. It will concenrate their minds.

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08 Apr 2019

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