HI Ladies, as you know the late Daisies and I and many more have raised issues around Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis with Irish Cancer Society, Our Caretaker Minister for Health and Irish College of General Practitioners on the lines that early diagnosis leads to better prognosis. So last week I received an invitation to attend the launch of a survey of gps on Acess to Diagnostics to Detect Cancer. So in honour of Daisies, yesterday I attended the launch of this report. The report in general says that public patients do not have as rapid access as private patients. What worried me most was that the graph showed that the longer waiting list around the country is for gynae referrals. A gp who organised the survey spoke as did a researcher and a bowel Cancer Patient. There was a very short time for questions and answers so I asked a question, I commented on the fact that as an OC patients, I was extremely concerned at the waiting times for gynae referral. However I feel I was fobbed off and was told there were more reasons for gynae referral than Ovarian Cancer. Daisies would have sorted this guy fast and quick. Another issue was that gps stated that once they referred a patient to a hospital for diagnostics, there was very little feedback from the Consultant. In fairness I have never had that issue. Gps want rapid access to tests more locally and better feed back from Consultants and hospitals. GPs want better awareness of Cancer symptoms from their patients. They want radiographers and lab techs to work longer hours to improve access for patients. All in all it is an interesting report and can be downloaded from the Irish Cancer Society Website. I gather that the Consultants are now meeting to discuss this issue because they are so overworked at the moment they will not be able to cope with more patients. Any one attending a Clinic of any kind will agree with this. Obviously what is needed is to ensure that the money going into the HSE is fed to the right areas. I tried to do my bit but as someone pointed out that my question has to go on record as it was an official event.
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