In most instances there will be absolutely no need for these patients to make an appointment with their GP.
Just simply obtaining a form (we have not received any yet as it happens), filling it out, and getting their GP to countersign it will be all that is necessary for the vast majority.
We can then arrange to see or inform the occasional cases who have got the wrong end of the stick and don't qualify or for whom we do not yet possess a confirmed diagnosis of cancer.
They certainly don't need to come flocking in to see us to get a form signed and definitely not this early unless the DoH is anticipating another cock-up in not being able to process the forms quickly enough for an April start.
Dr Clive Brady, Worcester Park, Surrey.