I read many posts about time needed for referral in urgent situations... My recent experience is similar, I was left without any treatment for 10 days with inflammation in my bowel after telling doctors that I had previous episodes while in Italy. My visit was in two months, therefore I decided to go to Italy for immediate A&E, private scans and visits, I am now fine. Is the second time that because of NHS faults in delivering services I have financial and health losses, the first time was dramatic, being almost risking my leg for mistakes again in treating inflammation, I recovered in 8 months and I lost my job. My experience is that NHS doctors often don't give treatment for inflammation and infections which means doing things against medical practise and putting peoples to risk. HOW TO PROTECT FROM THIS? Would you advice a good insurance plan so that private consultants and scan can be more affordable, and do you also advise good lawyers to file compensation requests in the North East- Durham - Newcastle? Please advice if you can.