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‘Untouchable’ hospitals still rejecting ‘75%’ of GP referrals

Exclusive Hospitals rendered ‘untouchable’ by coronavirus measures are still rejecting referrals and ‘reverse delegating’ patients back to their GPs, Pulse has learned.

GP urgent cancer referrals fell by 60% in April

The number of urgent cancer referrals made by GPs in April declined by 60% year on year, according to the latest NHS England data.

GPs told suspected bowel cancer patients required positive FIT before referral

Exclusive GPs in London were blocked from referring patients with urgent suspected bowel cancer to hospitals based on symptoms alone under changes to local NHS guidance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NHSE to start issuing cervical screening invitations again from this month

Exclusive Cervical screening offers will start being sent out to women across England again from this month after the invitation system was paused due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

GPs told to ‘assess’ treatment ‘delays’ and resume chronic disease care

Practices should assess where urgent and routine treatment has been delayed and ‘focus’ on resuming chronic disease treatment and prevention, NHS England has said.