More doctor bashing in this morning’s Telegraph in an article which would even look over the top to Mail readers. And if the article itself is misrepresentative and ill informed just take a read of some of the comments.
GP’s are berated for failing to pick up a third of cancers at the first presentation. But if you turn that round what that means is that two thirds are picked up at the patient’s first attendance which I would have said is pretty damned good.
But for those not picked up, the blame is laid squarely at the feet of the GPs. No mention of the referring restrictions placed on GPs by the PCTs, no mention of referral management systems, limits on consultation times etc etc. All the factors imposed upon GP practice that make it a miracle that in your allotted 10 minutes with a GP you have a 66% chance of him picking up your new cancer.
We are all worried that the NHS is becoming a shit service, but when you read this crap you can’t help feeling that the punters get what they deserve. Look out for the next installment when I predict the Telegraph will turn it's guns on the Consultants.