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An NHS trust is advising doctors to refrain from making a referral for investigation for patients suspected of having cancer, unless they can attend their appointment within two weeks.
Government guidelines suggest that patients suspected of having a tumour should have a referral to see a specialist within two weeks and so the move by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will ensure this target will be met.
However, it will also mean that patients could end up waiting longer than necessary to see a specialist.
Chief Executive of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire …

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From April 2012, NHS patients in England will have more choice about where they can go for treatment.
In effect, this means that once a patient has been referred from the relevant first port of call – in most instances this will be their GP – they will be able to make a choice about where they will be treated, and by whom.  Providers will have to be qualified, registered and licensed to provide their particular service, and will have to have agreed to accept current NHS fees.  The choices open …

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Sir Richard Thompson, the president of the Royal College of Physicians, has spoken out at the state of the NHS and its waiting lists, as they get ever longer in various parts of the country.
He said recently that “the apparent rise in waiting lists is both worrying for patients and evidence of an underlying cause – the increasing pressures on the NHS in general.”
Official data from the NHS shows that waiting lists have got longer since the new coalition government came to power last year. Sir Richard went on to …

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Despite promises from David Cameron that NHS waiting times would not increase, figures just released have shown that this is not the case.  In May 2011, 15,667 patients waited more than six weeks for important diagnostic tests, as opposed to 3,378 in the same month last year.  These include waiting times for tests such as x-rays, ultra-sounds and cardiology diagnostics.
When you bring into play the waiting times for patients results of these tests, the figures become even more worrying.  While 2.7 per cent of patients waited over six weeks for …

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NHS waiting times for diagnostic tests have tripled within 12 months according to new figures.
Yesterday David Cameron stated that, “waiting times really matter… I refuse to go back to the days when people had to wait for months and months to have surgery done. So let me be absolutely clear: we won’t.”
However, figures revealed today show that 1409 people waited more than three months for diagnostic procedures in April this year, compared to just 193 in the same period last year. Additionally, more than 14 000 patients who had diagnostic …