Thousands of People Diagnosed with Cancer ‘not referred to Specialist by GP

Thousands of People Diagnosed with Cancer ‘not referred to Specialist by GPThousands of people who are identified with cancer are not referred to a specialist by their GP.

As per information from 4,000 GP practices in England, only a minority of patients are referred for investigation by a specialist.

Family doctors have been accused of failing cancer sufferers after latest statistics recommended that over half are not advising patients to go to specialists hurriedly enough.

Only about 10% of patients sooner or later diagnosed with the disease were referred to a specialist within two weeks. The objective for the NHS reveals that 95% of patients who are supposed to be affected by cancer should be referred by their GP to a specialist within two weeks.

In about half of the practices in the sample, less than 50% of cancer patients were observed through the two-week system. Stuart Barber, head of communications and campaigns at Beating Bowel Cancer, said the results were 'intolerable'.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called upon for strong action to deal with an 'unacceptable' issue of negligence in the care that should be given to patients who are affected by life-threatening diseases.

He said, "Every single patient in the NHS has a right to the very best care - and to see a GP who can spot cancer symptoms early enough to make a difference".

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