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Longer slots and improved continuity 'would boost early cancer diagnosis'

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Researchers have called for a return to ‘smaller GP teams’ and longer consultation times to enable GPs to pick up cancer earlier.

The team of primary care academics from London argues that having smaller teams would improve the continuity of care needed to allow GPs to use their ‘gut feeling’, based on their knowledge of individual patients, to pick up on serious disease, while longer consultations are needed to give them time to explore symptoms properly and consider patients’ wider care concerns.

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