Thank you so much for all the info you have given related to the privatisation malarkey!
As someone whose health has seriously deteriorated because of LACK OF REFERRAL, I will join any serious campaigns to help stop the NHS making decisions to save money rather than lives!
I joined the Afib forum shortly after diagnosis because I was just so lost and confused by what I felt to be the GPs failure to actually hear me and refer me. So many people advised me to change GP after reading my posts.
I also joined the Lung forum because I could not breath and, despite telling my GP and being taken to hospital by emergency services, still nothing was done.
In absolute desperation, I contacted the Cardiologist secretary! She understood immediately and I was in hospital shortly after that. The EP Cardiologist who saw me on admission, sent me for an Echo. EF 13%. Severe oedema. And Heart Failure!
I am still trying to recover from the shock and reality of what this means to me and my family. But it has made me realise that we cannot just sit back and trust what we believe to be normal care within the NH service. My trust in my local GP and practice is absolutely null and void now. It has also affected all dealings I have to have in every aspect of the NHS that I have to come into contact with.
I am relieved and pleased to be able to say though, that I have met, trust, and received excellent treatment from the arrhythmia and cardiology team at the hospital. I think that I can say with absolute truth that this includes the cardiologist secretary who is more aware than her job description indicates!
I am now, mostly on the BHF forum, and after finding your post am readily forwarding the post with article to others that have suffered because of lack of referral.
I am so pleased that I came across your post 'by accident'. You are indeed an informed person. On with the 'fight for life rather than money'.
I hope you are getting the treatment you need and that things are not too uncomfortable for you healthwise.