What exactly is the delivered promise from a 2 Week Appointment?

My wife was referred for a 2 week appointment, following 8 weeks of GP (kind of procrastination) tests. We attend the hospital appointment for what can only be described as a cursory examination and are now given another 2 week appointment for tests (which we expected already). We're now told this second appointment could be 4 weeks away. So we'll be 14 weeks into her assessment process, which for me should have happened 8 weeks ago already! So my question, what exactly does it mean a 2 week appointment, seems like it means nothing at all!

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  • Probably not if you are of a certain age . I can prove that NHS POLICIES & PROCEDURES cause more damage to chronic conditions that it treats [ cures ?] then neglects when acute by shutting A&E Depts or having only those on remits diagnosing .

    Not so good when you have heart failure not diagnosed or symptoms recognised .

    Then to the GPs who have allowed LAs to have the funds , to say don't deal with cardio pulmonary ?!I This is while deliberately failing to diagnose.

    The LA holding their funds doesn't have to provide social services enabling the private sector & Government to rip you off over Continuing Care .

    If you are solo you are also blamed , given no further treatment and called a bed blocker. Is this home in year 2016 ?!!

  • Alas you are quite right about that. In many cases, our paternalistic GP system means that there is often a 'fobbing off' period when the GP is reluctant to believe that a set of symptoms is serious enough to refer to hospital immediately.

    I suppose, however, that you can be partially happy that your wife is at least in the hospital system, with appointments being issued. In too many cases now, appointments are falling through cracks. I never ever got the one I was supposed to have for an anaemia clinic and my husband never got his for curvature of the spine.

    It's a general symptom that the NHS is struggling to deliver, that it is underfunded, but also that our expectations are maybe a little bit high and unrealistic sometimes.

    I've lived in a third world country and can't begin to describe how inadequate the system was. It makes the NHS feel completely magical. That doesn't mean there isn't a whole lot of room for improvement, and in terms of where we are with the NHS, our health service is unique and as long as we intend to keep it cost free at point of delivery, and/or have a Tory government, I doubt that things will improve very much.

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