Covid: Half with cancer signs didn't contact GP in first wave
25/02/2021 | news | health | 141
Symptoms left unchecked included lumps, changes to moles and coughing up blood, a survey finds.
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25/02/2021 10:43:47 26 3
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Sadly we will be seeing many more cases like this in the years to come
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25/02/2021 10:44:41 15 11
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And now NHS is asking Women to do self-test for cervical cancer. Nurses doing the test had to go on a training to do that, but people are asked to do without any training. Shame on NHS.
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25/02/2021 11:35:47 8 10
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Why? what wrong with doing a self test?
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25/02/2021 10:48:17 22 5
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... and equally many were turned away by GPs. I know of at least 1 VSAA diagnosis was delayed by 6 months or more due to GP not being prepared for face to face and blood test!
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25/02/2021 10:48:58 22 5
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I suspect that the people causing the delays aren't reluctant potential patients but GPs themselves. It took me several attempts to contact my GP cos the surgery weren't answering phone calls, website was unusable - no appointments available, they understandably refused walk-in callers
Once I made it through I was treated well & quickly referred to a cancer specialist
Keep trying & good luck folks
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25/02/2021 21:49:20 3 1
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Hope things turn out for you ok. Been so frustrated with local GP not seeing or referring my mother for cancer. Just admin used as a barrier to seeing a GP or making a booking
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25/02/2021 10:45:24 22 4
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Even at the best of times I tend to avoid the inconvenience of a GP, with non-medical receptionists used as gatekeepers. Seeing a GP is too much hassle, most of the time.

When I needed a hernia operation I referred myself to the specialist, had the operation done, and let them send him the notes for his files. I've also bypassed him and gone straight to Moorfields.

Right decision both times.
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26/02/2021 12:06:20 0 1
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very lucky. I keep getting blocked by NHS England (been going on for several years) - even for private consultation/treatment. Even have a surgeon lined up who I paid privately.
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25/02/2021 10:52:02 37 8
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Don't blame it on people! It's GP's that are to blame for not being there!
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25/02/2021 10:57:18 25 7
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Three times in lockdown I've tried to contact the GP, what a waste of time. I ended up with antibiotics through the emergency route.
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25/02/2021 11:13:25 4 17
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GPs are there, and you can get an appointment if you need it.... I know because I have in the past year.

a lot of people attacking the NHS appear to be doing so without personal experiences
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25/02/2021 10:52:02 37 8
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Don't blame it on people! It's GP's that are to blame for not being there!
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25/02/2021 10:57:18 25 7
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Three times in lockdown I've tried to contact the GP, what a waste of time. I ended up with antibiotics through the emergency route.
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25/02/2021 11:04:16 37 7
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It's been impossible to contact my GP or anyone else in the health centre for very nearly a year.

The issue reported here is the tip of a very large iceberg & in the long run lives lost indirectly through the panicked over-reaction to Covid are going to cause far more ill health & premature death than Covid ever could.
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25/02/2021 13:29:54 20 2
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The standard response is "protecting the workforce".

Just about everywhere else has managed to put measures in place, but a year on, the GPs haven't.
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25/02/2021 11:07:43 24 3
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Getting an appointment to see Dr or Dentists these days without Covid puts many people off going for checks. Waiting until pain is worse and getting an emergency appointment (with a clear conscience) is often the norm
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25/02/2021 11:11:58 16 5
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This is where the secondary effects of Covid start to come home to roost.

The NHS didn't collapse (so far) however it did so at forgoing anything non covid with some trusts even briefly cancelling urgent cancer ops.

Let's hope that as we march on in the vaccination program pressure is releived and the backlog can start to be tackled.
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25/02/2021 10:57:08 44 9
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GP’s were quick to divert you to A&E prior to COVID now this emergency has given them a way to totally wash their hands of us.
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25/02/2021 16:34:42 2 2
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Not so where I live. The GP has been quick to arrange essential check-ups and blood tests and not a lot has changed.
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25/02/2021 10:59:41 41 7
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Never can get to see a GP as you can’t get past the Guard Dogs on reception
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25/02/2021 13:27:09 16 2
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Yes.
Triage by amateurs.
Certain key words trigger the go somewhere else response.
I never got past "fall" before being shunted off to the local Urgent Treatment Centre.
All I wanted were some painkillers for painful ribs.
All the UTC did was give me some Zapain tablets which the surgery could have done.
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26/02/2021 12:02:22 0 1
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I've been blocked for over 5 years after seeing a consultant oncologist and then referred for treatment. GP 'guard dogs' are just the tip of an iceberg. I even tried going abroad for private treatment - which the NHS blocked.
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25/02/2021 11:00:21 33 3
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I began trying to get an appointment for a prostate scan and blood test 1st week in January. I have called the clinic dozens of times and not once have I even managed to speak to a person. Until this morning when receptionist answered to tell me they are c!osed today.
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25/02/2021 13:57:46 6 3
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That's awful! Can you move GP surgery?
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25/02/2021 10:52:02 37 8
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Don't blame it on people! It's GP's that are to blame for not being there!
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25/02/2021 11:13:25 4 17
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GPs are there, and you can get an appointment if you need it.... I know because I have in the past year.

a lot of people attacking the NHS appear to be doing so without personal experiences
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25/02/2021 11:17:25 12 2
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I was lucky if I could get an appointment before all of this happened. Healthcare varies a lot depending where you live. It's very bad in North Hampshire.
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25/02/2021 11:33:51 15 2
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We are not attacking the NHS but we are asking why we can't actually see our GP.
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25/02/2021 11:53:45 10 1
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if you are prepared to sit on the phone for literally hours for a receptionist to allow you an appointment.
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25/02/2021 11:59:13 5 5
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Agree, my husband has had his normal checks, and the GP even chased up to persuade him to come in for his blood tests with careful covid precautions. May depend on whether your surgery is good or not, you can move, we did
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25/02/2021 11:15:58 33 4
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We see so many cases on the BBC News of younger people, diagnosed with cancer before the pandemic began, only to have their treatment iniquitously stopped and then dying. Is it not surprising that so many people now sadly feel 'Why bother to tell the GP'.
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25/02/2021 13:03:35 3 20
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Who is we? Statistics please.
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jan
25/02/2021 16:48:21 3 1
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Yes I agree my daughter was one of them ,the pandemic is bad but people with serious problems were being put on back burner not being seen to why is there lives less important than someone with coved some of them are dying to and some could have been saved but no coved sufferers came first
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25/02/2021 11:13:25 4 17
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GPs are there, and you can get an appointment if you need it.... I know because I have in the past year.

a lot of people attacking the NHS appear to be doing so without personal experiences
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25/02/2021 11:17:25 12 2
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I was lucky if I could get an appointment before all of this happened. Healthcare varies a lot depending where you live. It's very bad in North Hampshire.
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25/02/2021 11:17:38 22 9
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A perfect example of the consequences of prioritising Covid deaths above all others. It will take years, if ever, for the finally tally to become known, but I suspect for every Covid death we may have prevented by locking down, we caused another one by not diagnosing or treating other conditions. When the dust settles & history is written, it'll all be seen as a hysterical over-reaction
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25/02/2021 13:50:43 1 4
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And Boris et al have apparently said they'll include them with the figures rather than set in the balance against their policies.
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25/02/2021 16:39:48 0 2
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People are still dying in their hundreds DAILY and you say it's an overreaction. Shameful.
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25/02/2021 11:31:01 18 3
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There were numerous reasons ppeople delayed being checked, top of the list the message before the first big lockdown trumpeted by central and devolved governments " go out and you will die ", heavily proclaimed through all media outlets, only when the big lockdown was deemed to have been enough did we begin to see, " remember we are still open " from medical centres and hospitals, mixed messaging
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25/02/2021 11:31:23 33 5
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Its not just people who have cancer needing treatment but there are many other serious illness that needs treatment. The main problem is getting to see your GP yes your get a telephone call or a video link but that isn't the same. Why can't surgeries give us appointments to actually see a GP.
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25/02/2021 11:37:19 39 4
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Oh I TOTALLY agree with this post I have been healthy all my life but since last November have had severe pains in kidneys and lower back, phoned doctors numerous times, did manage to get a blood test which came back clear but still in chronic pain, now noticed lump developed in lower back, again rang doctor few days ago pleading to be seen face to face or offering to pay for a scan, both denied!!
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25/02/2021 11:13:25 4 17
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GPs are there, and you can get an appointment if you need it.... I know because I have in the past year.

a lot of people attacking the NHS appear to be doing so without personal experiences
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25/02/2021 11:33:51 15 2
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We are not attacking the NHS but we are asking why we can't actually see our GP.
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25/02/2021 10:44:41 15 11
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And now NHS is asking Women to do self-test for cervical cancer. Nurses doing the test had to go on a training to do that, but people are asked to do without any training. Shame on NHS.
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25/02/2021 11:35:47 8 10
bbc
Why? what wrong with doing a self test?
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25/02/2021 12:01:00 4 2
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Agreed, would be a great benefit if those who were able did a lot of basic checks themselves. The resource could then go to those who can’t, or other things.
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25/02/2021 12:46:13 3 2
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It is only a 1st step. If it is positive a full professional test needs to be done.
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25/02/2021 11:31:23 33 5
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Its not just people who have cancer needing treatment but there are many other serious illness that needs treatment. The main problem is getting to see your GP yes your get a telephone call or a video link but that isn't the same. Why can't surgeries give us appointments to actually see a GP.
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25/02/2021 11:37:19 39 4
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Oh I TOTALLY agree with this post I have been healthy all my life but since last November have had severe pains in kidneys and lower back, phoned doctors numerous times, did manage to get a blood test which came back clear but still in chronic pain, now noticed lump developed in lower back, again rang doctor few days ago pleading to be seen face to face or offering to pay for a scan, both denied!!
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25/02/2021 12:17:23 7 2
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Go to A and E, they will have to see you there. If only to set your mind at rest. Use a FFP3 antiviral mask when visiting.
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25/02/2021 13:47:06 6 4
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Shameful. We have all spent our entire working lives paying for the NHS to exist to protect all of us, not to address one condition alone and lecture us insultingly and inappropriately in toe-curling television ads. How much are those costing?
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25/02/2021 13:49:21 4 1
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Have you tried the NHS central phone line? They seem to have a little leverage with GP practices. It might not work but worth a try?
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25/02/2021 18:06:22 0 2
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If you tell them you have found a lump. They have to see you.
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25/02/2021 11:39:03 20 5
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They told us again and again: "stay at home protect the NHS". Again and again we hear NHS staff are tired,demoralised and ill prepared to cope with fresh waves of Covid. We are also told that specialist departments have been redeployed from Acute medicine to fight Covid. We hear many hospital processes are discontinued. If 'mechanics' are not available to fix a problem why risk going there?
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25/02/2021 15:10:16 2 6
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The message wasn't "stay at home if you think you might have cancer".

It was stay at home and avoid unnecessary trips in order to minimise virus transmission.

Looks like they should have used puppets to simplify the message further.
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25/02/2021 11:26:29 19 4
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No surprise when it was drummed into people by the NHS and Government to only attend hospital if you have covid.
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25/02/2021 13:21:14 16 2
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Agreed.
They, government and NHS did a really good job in telling people to protect the NHS by avoiding visits to A&E and GPs.
My GP surgery now closed for nearly a year.
Even now, while you sit on telephone hold, the same message is "we are extremely busy", every day, every hour.
Pretty much given up
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25/02/2021 11:13:25 4 17
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GPs are there, and you can get an appointment if you need it.... I know because I have in the past year.

a lot of people attacking the NHS appear to be doing so without personal experiences
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25/02/2021 11:53:45 10 1
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if you are prepared to sit on the phone for literally hours for a receptionist to allow you an appointment.
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25/02/2021 11:57:56 45 5
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I have telephoned my Doctor's in Scotland the past 2 days to try and arrange an appointment. After umpteen attempts I finally got through to be told that the Doctors are not seeing anyone face to face and only telephone appointments are on offer. However these are only available on a daily basis and today is fully booked. Try again tomorrow. I did not realise that Covid prevents using a 'Diary'!
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26/02/2021 07:40:45 1 3
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I think they evaluate how serious it is. I was instantly given an appointment, the only thing was I couldnt make it as I was an hour away at work. They did it for 4 hrs later. I am confident I could ring up and get an appointment same day with my illness.
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25/02/2021 11:13:25 4 17
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GPs are there, and you can get an appointment if you need it.... I know because I have in the past year.

a lot of people attacking the NHS appear to be doing so without personal experiences
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25/02/2021 11:59:13 5 5
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Agree, my husband has had his normal checks, and the GP even chased up to persuade him to come in for his blood tests with careful covid precautions. May depend on whether your surgery is good or not, you can move, we did
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25/02/2021 11:35:47 8 10
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Why? what wrong with doing a self test?
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25/02/2021 12:01:00 4 2
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Agreed, would be a great benefit if those who were able did a lot of basic checks themselves. The resource could then go to those who can’t, or other things.
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25/02/2021 12:08:31 7 7
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Over many years and various political admins the NHS has been cut back to a degree whereby it can't react to a minor crisis let alone a pandemic.
Whoever is in power needs to massively investment in manpower, to not just deal with covid, but the inevitable backlog in treatments.
It's too simplistic to say the NHS has only dealt with Covid.
What else were they meant to do?
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25/02/2021 12:29:11 17 3
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From people I've talked to, the problem appears to have been less at the hospital level of the NHS and more to do with access to GPs.
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25/02/2021 15:11:22 2 1
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If we had isolation hospitals then the regular hospitals could carry on as usual. Even the Victorious had separate facilities for infectious disease ie tb sanitariums.
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25/02/2021 12:13:04 5 9
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25/02/2021 13:18:34 6 3
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And another conspiracy theorist has crawled out of the bog.
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25/02/2021 14:00:05 1 1
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If it's really a petition why is not on petition.parliament.uk ?
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25/02/2021 16:00:51 1 1
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As others have said why is this not on parliamentary petitions. No reason to attack the issue on many fronts.

On topic I was able to see my GP face to face to get a lump checked out same day after I found it and was seen at the hospital less than month later and scanned and had all clear it was benign.
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25/02/2021 12:16:25 5 9
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It'll all be so much better when we have the American model of 'Healthcare'.

Only the rich will have it - fitting in Victorian society.
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25/02/2021 12:48:53 5 6
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Are people downvoting because they agree with the American modal of healthcare?
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25/02/2021 12:27:06 4 2
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Don’t fool yourself, the doctors want that as it will give them huge personal gain on top of the massive salary they currently get.
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25/02/2021 11:37:19 39 4
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Oh I TOTALLY agree with this post I have been healthy all my life but since last November have had severe pains in kidneys and lower back, phoned doctors numerous times, did manage to get a blood test which came back clear but still in chronic pain, now noticed lump developed in lower back, again rang doctor few days ago pleading to be seen face to face or offering to pay for a scan, both denied!!
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sw
25/02/2021 12:17:23 7 2
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Go to A and E, they will have to see you there. If only to set your mind at rest. Use a FFP3 antiviral mask when visiting.
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25/02/2021 12:23:27 13 4
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I do not understand why in the new unlockdowning plan, fully opening GP surgeries was not mentioned. Even the media are not going on about it at all. You would think that especially The Daily Mail would be.
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25/02/2021 12:08:31 7 7
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Over many years and various political admins the NHS has been cut back to a degree whereby it can't react to a minor crisis let alone a pandemic.
Whoever is in power needs to massively investment in manpower, to not just deal with covid, but the inevitable backlog in treatments.
It's too simplistic to say the NHS has only dealt with Covid.
What else were they meant to do?
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25/02/2021 12:29:11 17 3
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From people I've talked to, the problem appears to have been less at the hospital level of the NHS and more to do with access to GPs.
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25/02/2021 14:04:06 2 1
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One side of the same coin, the system has them pitted against each other playing head tennis. It how the game has been devised, those within it know that.
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25/02/2021 12:38:01 11 3
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It would be helpful to see an estimated total cost in terms of life years from delayed/missed cancer diagnosis. This could then be compared with the loss of life years caused directly by the virus.
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25/02/2021 11:35:47 8 10
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Why? what wrong with doing a self test?
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25/02/2021 12:46:13 3 2
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It is only a 1st step. If it is positive a full professional test needs to be done.
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25/02/2021 12:16:25 5 9
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It'll all be so much better when we have the American model of 'Healthcare'.

Only the rich will have it - fitting in Victorian society.
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sw
25/02/2021 12:48:53 5 6
bbc
Are people downvoting because they agree with the American modal of healthcare?
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25/02/2021 12:56:01 3 1
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Unless your in the system its difficult to really pass judgement.

Pre Covid 4 Million + awaited surgery

Some forecast that figure could be now 10 Million.

America has no model beyond £££££££ they would love ours.
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25/02/2021 13:39:50 1 1
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Irony bypasses. Plus tone doesn't always carry in text online.
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25/02/2021 12:16:25 5 9
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It'll all be so much better when we have the American model of 'Healthcare'.

Only the rich will have it - fitting in Victorian society.
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25/02/2021 12:27:06 4 2
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Don’t fool yourself, the doctors want that as it will give them huge personal gain on top of the massive salary they currently get.
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25/02/2021 12:29:12 8 6
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Consultants want waiting times large as it get people to attend their private practices
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25/02/2021 12:48:53 5 6
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Are people downvoting because they agree with the American modal of healthcare?
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25/02/2021 12:56:01 3 1
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Unless your in the system its difficult to really pass judgement.

Pre Covid 4 Million + awaited surgery

Some forecast that figure could be now 10 Million.

America has no model beyond £££££££ they would love ours.
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25/02/2021 13:02:00 2 13
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People have always delayed getting checked out for cancer! There is a new excuse to avoid the difficult diagnosis now. There has never been more publicity around this issue.
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25/02/2021 11:15:58 33 4
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We see so many cases on the BBC News of younger people, diagnosed with cancer before the pandemic began, only to have their treatment iniquitously stopped and then dying. Is it not surprising that so many people now sadly feel 'Why bother to tell the GP'.
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25/02/2021 13:03:35 3 20
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Who is we? Statistics please.
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25/02/2021 13:46:21 7 2
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Not statistics but I personally know of two people who had cancer treatment withdrawn last March, they were told to 'rest at home' and await calling back for treatment. Both declined fast and died in the summer.
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25/02/2021 14:06:12 3 1
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The BBC has these statistics - write to the BBC
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25/02/2021 21:40:34 3 1
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Sadly they will never answer
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25/02/2021 13:17:21 7 1
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I think in part it would be the worry of covid and going into hospital.

I had an RTA car wrote off, I was banged about a bit, sore neck and back headache on and off for a week, but when asked if I wanted and ambulance I said no, no way did I want to go any where near a hospital, I take immune suppressant drugs so nope, that is why people have been staying clear of hospitals Covid
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25/02/2021 13:18:34 6 3
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And another conspiracy theorist has crawled out of the bog.
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25/02/2021 13:18:45 14 3
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My own GP practice has had phone appointments for years, very difficult to see anyone face to face even before all this, its disingenuous to "blame the patient", there are real issues about risk going into hospital also due to infection chances.
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25/02/2021 11:26:29 19 4
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No surprise when it was drummed into people by the NHS and Government to only attend hospital if you have covid.
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25/02/2021 13:21:14 16 2
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Agreed.
They, government and NHS did a really good job in telling people to protect the NHS by avoiding visits to A&E and GPs.
My GP surgery now closed for nearly a year.
Even now, while you sit on telephone hold, the same message is "we are extremely busy", every day, every hour.
Pretty much given up
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37p
25/02/2021 14:32:16 4 1
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I thought the NHS was there to protect us. Apparently we're here to protect the NHS!
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25/02/2021 10:59:41 41 7
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Never can get to see a GP as you can’t get past the Guard Dogs on reception
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25/02/2021 13:27:09 16 2
bbc
Yes.
Triage by amateurs.
Certain key words trigger the go somewhere else response.
I never got past "fall" before being shunted off to the local Urgent Treatment Centre.
All I wanted were some painkillers for painful ribs.
All the UTC did was give me some Zapain tablets which the surgery could have done.
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25/02/2021 16:35:37 0 1
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Don't know that kind of practice you belong to but if this is accurate then you should change!
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25/02/2021 11:04:16 37 7
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It's been impossible to contact my GP or anyone else in the health centre for very nearly a year.

The issue reported here is the tip of a very large iceberg & in the long run lives lost indirectly through the panicked over-reaction to Covid are going to cause far more ill health & premature death than Covid ever could.
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25/02/2021 13:29:54 20 2
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The standard response is "protecting the workforce".

Just about everywhere else has managed to put measures in place, but a year on, the GPs haven't.
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25/02/2021 21:44:48 0 1
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I know your frustration. It's been like brick wall in trying to get trough to someone and things are not to good as a result. My mum stage 4 cancer which could have been caught last August. Run round and around on NHS 111 plus local GP's before diagnosis
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25/02/2021 12:48:53 5 6
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Are people downvoting because they agree with the American modal of healthcare?
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25/02/2021 13:39:50 1 1
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Irony bypasses. Plus tone doesn't always carry in text online.
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25/02/2021 13:41:41 21 4
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You want to see your GP? Good luck with that...you have more chance of an audience with the Pope.
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25/02/2021 14:58:33 8 1
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Easier to get one with the Vet. You can talk face to face, albeit in the parking lot??
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25/02/2021 13:42:54 15 4
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GP services have been dire, trying to get an appointment to see a doctor (in my surgery) was very frustrating, they even stopped "face to face" sessions. When attempting to request a telephone appointment, the receptionist (medically unqualified) asked so many questions and had a negative attitude, even a simple request to actually speak to the doctor is discouraged.
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25/02/2021 14:38:34 3 2
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Are they being paid more to give the vaccine? As due to my condition I was lucky to get called to surgery to get mine all of a sudden it was open even to the pizza delivery guy who stood inside with at least five pizzas and was still there when I came out to go home waiting on the GPS sig. It's been basically closed to all for a year even severely disabled gdaughter. They are at it
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25/02/2021 13:46:06 12 3
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my GP surgery has been appalling throughout. Serious eye condition recurred 2x during last 12mths. Telephone 'apptmnt' with GP only to be told to self-refer to eye-hospital - they even gave me number to call. Of course eye hospital would not take a self-referral confirming that they needed a GP referral. Upsettng to know it is due to recur again within the next 2 months ....
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25/02/2021 13:55:07 10 1
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My eye condition means I,m seen every 6 mnths. My last one the doc said the next one due was more urgent as he had seen something. That was DUE last March!!!
I,m more likely to be dead than seen for that appointment.
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25/02/2021 13:03:35 3 20
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Who is we? Statistics please.
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25/02/2021 13:46:21 7 2
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Not statistics but I personally know of two people who had cancer treatment withdrawn last March, they were told to 'rest at home' and await calling back for treatment. Both declined fast and died in the summer.
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25/02/2021 11:37:19 39 4
bbc
Oh I TOTALLY agree with this post I have been healthy all my life but since last November have had severe pains in kidneys and lower back, phoned doctors numerous times, did manage to get a blood test which came back clear but still in chronic pain, now noticed lump developed in lower back, again rang doctor few days ago pleading to be seen face to face or offering to pay for a scan, both denied!!
54
25/02/2021 13:47:06 6 4
bbc
Shameful. We have all spent our entire working lives paying for the NHS to exist to protect all of us, not to address one condition alone and lecture us insultingly and inappropriately in toe-curling television ads. How much are those costing?
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25/02/2021 11:37:19 39 4
bbc
Oh I TOTALLY agree with this post I have been healthy all my life but since last November have had severe pains in kidneys and lower back, phoned doctors numerous times, did manage to get a blood test which came back clear but still in chronic pain, now noticed lump developed in lower back, again rang doctor few days ago pleading to be seen face to face or offering to pay for a scan, both denied!!
55
25/02/2021 13:49:21 4 1
bbc
Have you tried the NHS central phone line? They seem to have a little leverage with GP practices. It might not work but worth a try?
17
25/02/2021 11:17:38 22 9
bbc
A perfect example of the consequences of prioritising Covid deaths above all others. It will take years, if ever, for the finally tally to become known, but I suspect for every Covid death we may have prevented by locking down, we caused another one by not diagnosing or treating other conditions. When the dust settles & history is written, it'll all be seen as a hysterical over-reaction
56
25/02/2021 13:50:43 1 4
bbc
And Boris et al have apparently said they'll include them with the figures rather than set in the balance against their policies.
57
25/02/2021 13:42:52 10 3
bbc
I had to change GP. My old one did everything they possibly could to avoid seeing any patients at all. My new one is excellent, never a problem getting a quick appointment. It is easy to change GP, if enough of us did it the rubbish ones would soon have to pull their socks up.
52
25/02/2021 13:46:06 12 3
bbc
my GP surgery has been appalling throughout. Serious eye condition recurred 2x during last 12mths. Telephone 'apptmnt' with GP only to be told to self-refer to eye-hospital - they even gave me number to call. Of course eye hospital would not take a self-referral confirming that they needed a GP referral. Upsettng to know it is due to recur again within the next 2 months ....
58
25/02/2021 13:55:07 10 1
bbc
My eye condition means I,m seen every 6 mnths. My last one the doc said the next one due was more urgent as he had seen something. That was DUE last March!!!
I,m more likely to be dead than seen for that appointment.
59
25/02/2021 13:56:08 7 5
bbc
Yeah BBC’, just this massive issue somewhere near the bottom for a bit.
You’re culpable in all this. Ran with dogma and never questioned.
78
37p
25/02/2021 14:28:47 6 2
bbc
All the media have a responsibility for the scare tactics they've used.
60
25/02/2021 13:57:41 9 2
bbc
> might have left the public might thinking "cancer can wait".

There is no "might" about it. I have a family member who WAS told that they would have to wait because "screening services were shut down" and they would have to wait until COVID has passed. That was during the first lockdown. They have since being diagnosed WITH cancer and is undergoing treatment
88
25/02/2021 15:07:00 4 1
bbc
My cardio nurse was redeployed. So that's it.
13
25/02/2021 11:00:21 33 3
bbc
I began trying to get an appointment for a prostate scan and blood test 1st week in January. I have called the clinic dozens of times and not once have I even managed to speak to a person. Until this morning when receptionist answered to tell me they are c!osed today.
61
25/02/2021 13:57:46 6 3
bbc
That's awful! Can you move GP surgery?
62
25/02/2021 13:58:20 19 3
bbc
Surgeries adopted a policy of no face to face appointments to avoid the doctorcatching covid. Went for my jab last week (saturday morning) guess who was there giving them (on overtime extra payments); - the doctor plus another family member inputting the data on the computer!
GPs have become money grabbing with a view to make as much as possible. I know of many who have left to come back as locums
76
37p
25/02/2021 14:27:31 9 3
bbc
The sad fact is that GPs and the NHS have lost their way.

I haven't been registered with a practice for a number of years. I had to register with a surgery (note that I don't say GP) in order to book an appointment for a vaccination. 17 page paper application. Nothing to say I am registered. 30 minute call wait time - wrong address and phone number entered. Sent email to update but no response!
63
25/02/2021 13:59:46 11 10
bbc
They say the NHS is open but let’s face it. It isn’t. It hasn’t been since last March. The coming catastrophe’s blame lies solely with Johnson.
86
25/02/2021 15:04:10 4 2
bbc
Sorry to be political. Tory lemmings are taken in by the rhetoric & self praising. The reason why the vaccination program is going so well is that it is being managed by the real NHS as opposed to private enterprise, a predatory outsourcing company, one of the Tory Party's mates or Cummings' involvement. A plane a day came into Heathrow each day during our first lockdown from Wuhan with no checks.
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25/02/2021 15:15:35 1 2
bbc
Really? Here in Wales and also in Scotland, Public Health and the NHS are fully devoved. Check the Welsh Labour Governments own web site and you will find that we have far longer waiting lists than in England.
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25/02/2021 14:00:05 1 1
bbc
If it's really a petition why is not on petition.parliament.uk ?
65
25/02/2021 14:00:23 3 3
bbc
In defence of our GP. I came across a serious illness in December and they haven fallen over backwards to see me. I may have been lucky , but on that issue they havent failed me. The hospitals have failed on another issue with me , I simply think they are just looking at priority.
Cancer though , should be in that priority.
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25/02/2021 14:00:36 6 2
bbc
Covid or no Covid, it would be extremely foolish to ignore any of the symptoms described in the first paragraph. But there will be more cancers (as well as other conditions) not being spotted early because most people have been avoiding visiting their dentist or optician for regular check-ups or eye tests due the pandemic.
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25/02/2021 14:01:17 11 2
bbc
I think this pandemic has shone a light on how much we need GPs and the public use them; too often people who really need to see someone can't because of time wasters or by people who could wait. But all these waiting times and delays do is put the genuinely ill off getting in contact.
68
25/02/2021 14:03:09 24 4
bbc
With no face to face GP sessions available I struggle to see how the receptionist at my local practice could effectively diagnose a lump as needing further assessment via a phone call? Why should I be discussing personal information with a glorified typist anyway? Perhaps these receptionists are qualified doctors after all... who knows?
69
25/02/2021 14:03:11 6 4
bbc
Since our surgery changed ,we are online and to fill in e-consult is impossible when you work(45mins on hold). If you are not severely depressed, having a heart attack or stroke then ring 111. Heaven forbid you want to ask two questions. GPS knew who you were and you knew them. When asked now I reply I have no idea.
79
25/02/2021 14:31:04 6 2
bbc
I actually like my GP and I am Fifty seven and on the whole do not like doctors (no need to go into reasons but our local GP was closed or gates locked at the beginning of covid for two months we only found out when my daughter was going to take my granddaughter severely disabled and out of school ( S needs) for a new mobility problem we were told no so God help anyone with cancer signs fort Knox!
34
25/02/2021 12:29:11 17 3
bbc
From people I've talked to, the problem appears to have been less at the hospital level of the NHS and more to do with access to GPs.
70
25/02/2021 14:04:06 2 1
bbc
One side of the same coin, the system has them pitted against each other playing head tennis. It how the game has been devised, those within it know that.
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25/02/2021 13:03:35 3 20
bbc
Who is we? Statistics please.
71
25/02/2021 14:06:12 3 1
bbc
The BBC has these statistics - write to the BBC
72
25/02/2021 14:09:50 2 5
bbc
So what happens when a doctor finds a lump, inappropriate blood? Can they use their position to gain an unfair advantage to see a consultant?
74
37p
25/02/2021 14:19:08 5 1
bbc
What is an "unfair advantage"?
100
25/02/2021 16:18:57 0 2
bbc
Isn't in the public interest to get health professionals seen quickly so they can back to care and treatment?
73
25/02/2021 14:11:08 5 6
bbc
These will be the hidden death figures to add to the current Covid figures in years to come. All in more alcohol, less exercise and sport, more mental health issues, and the true figure will be way up on where we are now.
72
25/02/2021 14:09:50 2 5
bbc
So what happens when a doctor finds a lump, inappropriate blood? Can they use their position to gain an unfair advantage to see a consultant?
74
37p
25/02/2021 14:19:08 5 1
bbc
What is an "unfair advantage"?
75
25/02/2021 14:23:14 4 4
bbc
My local GP surgery is taking e-referrals. I had to complete the form for a medicines review. In the course of completing the form, I asked a question regarding one of my prescribed medications; that question was answered by email, but THE MEDICINES REVIEW WAS NOT CARRIED OUT. I had to complete another e-referral to get that!
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25/02/2021 13:58:20 19 3
bbc
Surgeries adopted a policy of no face to face appointments to avoid the doctorcatching covid. Went for my jab last week (saturday morning) guess who was there giving them (on overtime extra payments); - the doctor plus another family member inputting the data on the computer!
GPs have become money grabbing with a view to make as much as possible. I know of many who have left to come back as locums
76
37p
25/02/2021 14:27:31 9 3
bbc
The sad fact is that GPs and the NHS have lost their way.

I haven't been registered with a practice for a number of years. I had to register with a surgery (note that I don't say GP) in order to book an appointment for a vaccination. 17 page paper application. Nothing to say I am registered. 30 minute call wait time - wrong address and phone number entered. Sent email to update but no response!
87
25/02/2021 15:06:04 3 1
bbc
GP surgeries are no longer NHS, they are franchises. Private enterprise hiding behind the NHS logo.
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25/02/2021 14:27:36 2 1
bbc
I think this is very area dependent. I needed a referral for my hearing, filled out the online form at my local gp requesting a referral, stating the reasons. Had a call back from the GP in 15 mins and agreed to refer me straight away.

A few weeks later had my hearing checked and processed for hearing aids.
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25/02/2021 13:56:08 7 5
bbc
Yeah BBC’, just this massive issue somewhere near the bottom for a bit.
You’re culpable in all this. Ran with dogma and never questioned.
78
37p
25/02/2021 14:28:47 6 2
bbc
All the media have a responsibility for the scare tactics they've used.
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25/02/2021 15:03:58 2 2
bbc
Scare tactics?

Can you imagine how much worse the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease etc would be if hospitals had to turn people away because they were dealing with 10x the number of very sick covid patients?

Like many people it looks like you didn't understand the message protect the NHS.
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25/02/2021 14:03:11 6 4
bbc
Since our surgery changed ,we are online and to fill in e-consult is impossible when you work(45mins on hold). If you are not severely depressed, having a heart attack or stroke then ring 111. Heaven forbid you want to ask two questions. GPS knew who you were and you knew them. When asked now I reply I have no idea.
79
25/02/2021 14:31:04 6 2
bbc
I actually like my GP and I am Fifty seven and on the whole do not like doctors (no need to go into reasons but our local GP was closed or gates locked at the beginning of covid for two months we only found out when my daughter was going to take my granddaughter severely disabled and out of school ( S needs) for a new mobility problem we were told no so God help anyone with cancer signs fort Knox!
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25/02/2021 13:21:14 16 2
bbc
Agreed.
They, government and NHS did a really good job in telling people to protect the NHS by avoiding visits to A&E and GPs.
My GP surgery now closed for nearly a year.
Even now, while you sit on telephone hold, the same message is "we are extremely busy", every day, every hour.
Pretty much given up
80
37p
25/02/2021 14:32:16 4 1
bbc
I thought the NHS was there to protect us. Apparently we're here to protect the NHS!
51
25/02/2021 13:42:54 15 4
bbc
GP services have been dire, trying to get an appointment to see a doctor (in my surgery) was very frustrating, they even stopped "face to face" sessions. When attempting to request a telephone appointment, the receptionist (medically unqualified) asked so many questions and had a negative attitude, even a simple request to actually speak to the doctor is discouraged.
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25/02/2021 14:38:34 3 2
bbc
Are they being paid more to give the vaccine? As due to my condition I was lucky to get called to surgery to get mine all of a sudden it was open even to the pizza delivery guy who stood inside with at least five pizzas and was still there when I came out to go home waiting on the GPS sig. It's been basically closed to all for a year even severely disabled gdaughter. They are at it
82
25/02/2021 14:42:09 7 1
bbc
Our GP Service has been superb but my wife has not seen her oncologist for 16 months spoke to his nurse specialist twice, thankfully St David's nurse specialist has visited 4 times and been able to get our GP service to action necessary pain medication changes, blood tests and infection medication.
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25/02/2021 16:41:16 1 3
bbc
Same with us. No problems whatsoever.
83
25/02/2021 14:54:47 5 3
bbc
As someone else wrote, this isn't happening everywhere. My Dad has been given prompt service and quick referrals for a number of issues over the last year. His cancer-related checks (PSA) have been done as per the usual schedule. My partner got a rapid face-to-face with his GP for a suspected hernia. He had an ultrasound confirmation of diagnosis three weeks after.
50
25/02/2021 13:41:41 21 4
bbc
You want to see your GP? Good luck with that...you have more chance of an audience with the Pope.
84
25/02/2021 14:58:33 8 1
bbc
Easier to get one with the Vet. You can talk face to face, albeit in the parking lot??
78
37p
25/02/2021 14:28:47 6 2
bbc
All the media have a responsibility for the scare tactics they've used.
85
25/02/2021 15:03:58 2 2
bbc
Scare tactics?

Can you imagine how much worse the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease etc would be if hospitals had to turn people away because they were dealing with 10x the number of very sick covid patients?

Like many people it looks like you didn't understand the message protect the NHS.
63
25/02/2021 13:59:46 11 10
bbc
They say the NHS is open but let’s face it. It isn’t. It hasn’t been since last March. The coming catastrophe’s blame lies solely with Johnson.
86
25/02/2021 15:04:10 4 2
bbc
Sorry to be political. Tory lemmings are taken in by the rhetoric & self praising. The reason why the vaccination program is going so well is that it is being managed by the real NHS as opposed to private enterprise, a predatory outsourcing company, one of the Tory Party's mates or Cummings' involvement. A plane a day came into Heathrow each day during our first lockdown from Wuhan with no checks.
92
25/02/2021 15:19:24 1 2
bbc
Actually it would be better if you checked a few facts. The NHS (which is a fully devolved area) in Wales, is being supported by the armed services and in the GP practise that I use, the vaccination unit is staffed mainly by volunteers. I suspect the same is happening in England and Scotland
76
37p
25/02/2021 14:27:31 9 3
bbc
The sad fact is that GPs and the NHS have lost their way.

I haven't been registered with a practice for a number of years. I had to register with a surgery (note that I don't say GP) in order to book an appointment for a vaccination. 17 page paper application. Nothing to say I am registered. 30 minute call wait time - wrong address and phone number entered. Sent email to update but no response!
87
25/02/2021 15:06:04 3 1
bbc
GP surgeries are no longer NHS, they are franchises. Private enterprise hiding behind the NHS logo.
60
25/02/2021 13:57:41 9 2
bbc
> might have left the public might thinking "cancer can wait".

There is no "might" about it. I have a family member who WAS told that they would have to wait because "screening services were shut down" and they would have to wait until COVID has passed. That was during the first lockdown. They have since being diagnosed WITH cancer and is undergoing treatment
88
25/02/2021 15:07:00 4 1
bbc
My cardio nurse was redeployed. So that's it.
93
25/02/2021 15:21:31 2 1
bbc
Granddaughter s school special needs nurse also redeployed last April and has only reappeared last six weeks. We didn't send her back to school as pediatrician has disappeared too.
23
25/02/2021 11:39:03 20 5
bbc
They told us again and again: "stay at home protect the NHS". Again and again we hear NHS staff are tired,demoralised and ill prepared to cope with fresh waves of Covid. We are also told that specialist departments have been redeployed from Acute medicine to fight Covid. We hear many hospital processes are discontinued. If 'mechanics' are not available to fix a problem why risk going there?
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25/02/2021 15:10:16 2 6
bbc
The message wasn't "stay at home if you think you might have cancer".

It was stay at home and avoid unnecessary trips in order to minimise virus transmission.

Looks like they should have used puppets to simplify the message further.
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25/02/2021 12:08:31 7 7
bbc
Over many years and various political admins the NHS has been cut back to a degree whereby it can't react to a minor crisis let alone a pandemic.
Whoever is in power needs to massively investment in manpower, to not just deal with covid, but the inevitable backlog in treatments.
It's too simplistic to say the NHS has only dealt with Covid.
What else were they meant to do?
90
25/02/2021 15:11:22 2 1
bbc
If we had isolation hospitals then the regular hospitals could carry on as usual. Even the Victorious had separate facilities for infectious disease ie tb sanitariums.
114
25/02/2021 17:54:32 1 1
bbc
Do you mean that the country should have dozens if not hundreds of redundant hospital facilities in case of epidemics/pandemics? The UK didn’t even have an adequate stockpile of PPE let alone trained staff and buildings on standby. The conditions that necessitated isolation hospitals no longer prevail and it would be an enormous waste of money to reinstate them.
63
25/02/2021 13:59:46 11 10
bbc
They say the NHS is open but let’s face it. It isn’t. It hasn’t been since last March. The coming catastrophe’s blame lies solely with Johnson.
91
25/02/2021 15:15:35 1 2
bbc
Really? Here in Wales and also in Scotland, Public Health and the NHS are fully devoved. Check the Welsh Labour Governments own web site and you will find that we have far longer waiting lists than in England.
86
25/02/2021 15:04:10 4 2
bbc
Sorry to be political. Tory lemmings are taken in by the rhetoric & self praising. The reason why the vaccination program is going so well is that it is being managed by the real NHS as opposed to private enterprise, a predatory outsourcing company, one of the Tory Party's mates or Cummings' involvement. A plane a day came into Heathrow each day during our first lockdown from Wuhan with no checks.
92
25/02/2021 15:19:24 1 2
bbc
Actually it would be better if you checked a few facts. The NHS (which is a fully devolved area) in Wales, is being supported by the armed services and in the GP practise that I use, the vaccination unit is staffed mainly by volunteers. I suspect the same is happening in England and Scotland
101
25/02/2021 16:21:34 0 1
bbc
'Managed by' is different to 'delivered with support from'.
88
25/02/2021 15:07:00 4 1
bbc
My cardio nurse was redeployed. So that's it.
93
25/02/2021 15:21:31 2 1
bbc
Granddaughter s school special needs nurse also redeployed last April and has only reappeared last six weeks. We didn't send her back to school as pediatrician has disappeared too.
94
25/02/2021 15:43:54 2 5
bbc
During the first lockdown last year my friend found a lump in her breast and immediately contacted doctor, was seen and had at Op 4 weeks later. She now has the all clear. Anti lockdowers sometimes use the argument that lockdown will cause more harm because folk wont get help for problems other than covid, but help was always there it is down to the individual to seek it.
95
25/02/2021 15:50:32 7 4
bbc
I've been waiting over 5 years for elective surgery.

I tried to do private but the NHS blocked it. Face facts those who run medicine are/have become a very dangerous cabal and need substantive reform.

The 'clowns' chose to block my private care in case I chose to go to the NHS later. They are very dangerous to your and my health. I expect they want to make sure I die before I get care.
97
25/02/2021 15:58:23 2 1
bbc
Over 5 years! that sounds terrible!
96
25/02/2021 15:53:47 4 4
bbc
Despite the tory actions, we are in a pandemic.

Petition to stop hancock's selling of our Healthcare:

https://weownit.org.uk/act-now/stop-matt-hancocks-private-takeover-nhs?fbclid=IwAR3H4ztQwXES_blaon2qz9RVQPTS0kdnGp9K5sJ5-EMz3R_9h3gHN1dYwVQ
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25/02/2021 15:50:32 7 4
bbc
I've been waiting over 5 years for elective surgery.

I tried to do private but the NHS blocked it. Face facts those who run medicine are/have become a very dangerous cabal and need substantive reform.

The 'clowns' chose to block my private care in case I chose to go to the NHS later. They are very dangerous to your and my health. I expect they want to make sure I die before I get care.
97
25/02/2021 15:58:23 2 1
bbc
Over 5 years! that sounds terrible!
99
25/02/2021 16:06:04 3 2
bbc
It is terrible especially as the need for the treatment came from a cancer clinic.

PS I always get a few down votes from Johnson's central office crooks. They operate on knowing my identity so the automatic posting system always voted down!
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25/02/2021 16:00:51 1 1
bbc
As others have said why is this not on parliamentary petitions. No reason to attack the issue on many fronts.

On topic I was able to see my GP face to face to get a lump checked out same day after I found it and was seen at the hospital less than month later and scanned and had all clear it was benign.
97
25/02/2021 15:58:23 2 1
bbc
Over 5 years! that sounds terrible!
99
25/02/2021 16:06:04 3 2
bbc
It is terrible especially as the need for the treatment came from a cancer clinic.

PS I always get a few down votes from Johnson's central office crooks. They operate on knowing my identity so the automatic posting system always voted down!
72
25/02/2021 14:09:50 2 5
bbc
So what happens when a doctor finds a lump, inappropriate blood? Can they use their position to gain an unfair advantage to see a consultant?
100
25/02/2021 16:18:57 0 2
bbc
Isn't in the public interest to get health professionals seen quickly so they can back to care and treatment?