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James Bell on the delayed diagnosis of Cancer and Cancer Claims

By Principal Lawyer, Clinical Negligence

A major study released recently revealed that more than 100,000 people diagnosed with Cancer each year previously had symptoms of the disease dismissed by family doctors. The huge NHS audit said some family doctors were believed to be simply gambling that symptoms did not need to be checked in an attempt to save costs.
 According to the large-scale survey of Cancer patients;
 
• 36 per cent of Cancer sufferers were not referred to hospital when they first consulted their GP
 
• 20 per cent saw their GP at least three times about symptoms of the disease, before being referred to hospital for tests
 
• 7 per cent paid at least five visits to their local surgery before action was taken
 
• more than 300 patients a day are diagnosed with Cancer having previously had their symptoms dismissed or misdiagnosed as minor ailments.
 
My colleagues and I all deal with very sad cases where delayed diagnosis of Cancer has changed a survivable disease to a terminal disease. Our Clinical Negligence Solicitors have a vast amount of experience in dealing with Cancer Claims, please do not hesitate to get in touch - Contact us today to talk about your delayed or misdiagnosed Cancer Claim. Please call 0800 916 9049, email enquiries@rjwslatergordon.co.uk or use the short online enquiry form.

I do hope this study acts as a wakeup call to medical professionals throughout the UK.

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