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GPs should have direct access to wider range of tests for suspected cancer, says NICE

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3686 (Published 04 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3686
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

GPs should have direct access to a wider range of tests for people with suspected cancer including diagnostic endoscopy, ultrasound, x ray, and scans, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended in a new quality standard aiming to speed up cancer diagnosis.1

The quality standard sets out measures the NHS should include in planning and delivering services. In addition to recommending that GPs have direct access to ultrasound, x ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and …

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