Thyroid UK has been contacted by a journalist who is researching a feature about waiting times and choice in the NHS.
The piece aims to explore the extent to which patients are exercising choice, particularly in relation to their rights under the 18-week Referral to Treatment target. He is looking for case studies of patients who have experienced long delays in diagnosis and/or treatment of their condition, particularly those who were unaware of their right to transfer to another NHS provider after 18 weeks and who might have ended up waiting much longer than necessary as a result.
This journalist is looking for people who have actually been diagnosed by a specialist but who didn't get an appointment to see the specialist within 18 weeks. Also, he wants to know from these people if they knew they could have changed to another provider i.e. private hospital.
If anyone fits the criteria and is interested in talking to the journalist about this please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org