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Put patients first and give the money back

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5489
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief, The BMJ
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John Townsend wants to say thank you before he dies. “All this bullshit about the NHS being rubbish is not true,” he writes this week (doi:10.1136/bmj.h4706). “I’ve been treated so wonderfully that you wouldn’t believe it.” Although his cancer returned, his satisfaction with the promptness of his care suggests that his GP used the fast track referral pathway for suspected cancer. And we now have evidence that this pathway works. Henrik Møller and colleagues found better outcomes among patients whose doctors made more use of fast track referral (doi:10.1136/bmj.h5102). On this basis, failing to fast track patients with suspected cancer looks like poor practice.

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