Delayed diagnosis means a higher risk of dying, so its reasonable to have less satisfaction with care

GPs have long been denied access to new technologies, scans, imaging, ultrasound (many years ago) and only after the technology is commonplace are GPs usually encouraged to use it. In The Information Age patients are aware of the possibilities, and will rightly demand quality and speed in assessment and diagnosis. Delayed diagnosis means a higher risk of dying, so its reasonable to have less satisfaction with care. An article in research news in the BMJ (BMJ 2015: 351:h4159) says “Delayed diagnosis linked to less satisfaction with care” and a graphic showing the odds of a negative experience from >3 consultations with a GP.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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