Better GP access to cancer testing

Improving GP access to cancer diagnostic services will be a priority for the coming year, the DoH has said.

In a report on the cancer reform strategy, the DoH stressed this week that work was needed to improve early diagnosis.

Alongside improving GP access to diagnostics, other priorities include promoting awareness of symptoms and contributing to the audit of diagnosis in primary care, being carried out by the RCGP.

The report also describes plans to develop a tool to allow healthcare workers to provide bespoke information prescriptions to patients.

These would be supported by information from the national cancer patient information pathways, with additional features such as emails containing information for patients and carers, the DoH says.

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