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Letters Don’t blame GPs for late cancer diagnoses

Don’t blame GPs for late cancer diagnoses—but are the data accurate?

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 16 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5154
  1. Nicholas Sharvill, general practitioner
  1. Deal CT14 7EQ, UK
  1. john.sharvill{at}

Yes we can do better than blaming general practitioners for late cancer diagnoses.1 But the data also need to be questioned. If I refer a patient for computed tomography, then they wait weeks for an appointment and it shows something sinister, the patient will …

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