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GPonline poll shows one in three GPs urgent referral cancer scans are being blocked

A poll from GPonline revealed that nearly one in three GPs in England have had a referral on the two-week cancer pathway bounced back or downgraded to ‘non-urgent’ in the past year.

The poll of almost 500 GPs also revealed that one in five GPs who had a referral blocked later discovered the patient had cancer, this suggests that thousands of NHS patients’ lives are being put at risk by being denied an essential early diagnosis. NHS England has also publicly backed a goal set by the cancer taskforce that by 2020, 95% of patients referred for testing by a GP should be definitively diagnosed with cancer, or have cancer ruled out within four weeks.

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