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NICE opens consultation on guidelines recommending x-rays for diagnosing lung cancer


Personally,I just do not like NICE,in fact I like very little Tony Blair did. The guidelines are so long you need a summary. They are for everyone,clearly there should be two sets,one for specialists and one for GP's, with clear boundaries. They tend to look back from the diagnosis,where the specialist starts and extrapolate to what the GP should have done. They make no allowance for actual resources available. A recent urgent CT request locally was indeed performed urgently,however the department did not consider it appropriate to report urgently,as that had not been specifically requested. NICE tend to ignore the big questions. Having performed whatever test,a week later the patient will still be a breathless smoker.How often should we x ray,every three ? six ? nine ? months,the clinical scenario is not going away.

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01 Nov 2019

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