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Why GPs Need Better Access To Diagnostic Cancer Scans...

21 November 2014, GP Online

GPs across England are being denied access to cancer scans for their patients. David Millett reports on the potential risks to patients and the growing pressure this places on the NHS.

Wessex LMCs chief executive Dr Nigel Watson warned it was 'inevitably true' that allowing non-urgent cases to be threaded through the two-week wait pathway would leave hospitals 'struggling significantly to hit the two-week wait' target.

A wide selection of patients with suspected cancer would not be best suited to referrals, he added.

Dr Watson said: 'There are those who have obvious symptoms, where you would fast-track them.

'But there are the people with, for example, a bloated abdomen, which could be cancer of the ovary or a whole host of things. It's those patients where you don't necessarily need to refer them, but you do need quick access to diagnostics.'

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