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Rare diseases are overlooked by doctors, policy makers, and guidelines, says think tank

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6604 (Published 28 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6604
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The NHS in England is neglecting rarer diseases, with the result that delays in diagnosis are common, says a report from the centre right think tank 2020Health.1

Julia Manning, its chief executive, said, “The conclusions of this report are sobering: there is still too much variation in care across the NHS, too little information on rare diseases, and not enough done to empower patients to look after themselves. A paternalistic approach by the NHS is unsustainable and unhealthy, and this needs to be considered alongside greater awareness of rare conditions in medical training.”

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