Delayed diagnosis: longer and improved GP training and more GPs are the answerBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3226 (Published 19 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3226
- Denis Pereira Gray, consultant and professor1,
- Philip Evans, senior partner1,
- Eleanor White, Exeter University Bachelor of Medical Sciences student on placement1,
- Alexander Harding, partner1,
- Peter Langley, health service researcher1
- 1St Leonard’s Practice, Exeter EX1 1SB, UK
Hawkes describes how NHS gatekeeping delays diagnosis.1 A serious problem exists in all health systems in quickly diagnosing serious rare diseases. UK NHS cancer outcomes are worse than in some continental countries. GP delay in diagnosis is a serious problem, but so is post-referral delay, relatively fewer x ray machines, and fewer specialist treatments available—both drugs and radiotherapy.
England has 28% fewer …
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