Two charts that highlight problems for GPs diagnosing cancer

Some GPs warn that urgent cancer referrals are being blocked and access to key scans is limited. The charts below highlight the key problems for general practice.

GPonline has been reporting for several years on problems for GPs trying to refer patients on the two-week pathway for cancer, with some GPs finding their referrals bounced back or rejected, or downgraded to less urgent. The figure for this year shows that the proportion of GPs whose referrals are being blocked has risen - we reported in 2016 that one in three GPs had seen referrals blocked.

Despite calls from NICE and expert groups for GPs to have direct access to a range of cancer scans, many still say they cannot access key tests that could help them pinpoint cancer.

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