Within the last two years I've had 3 friends die without even having their conditions treated or even diagnosed properly, I'd call that a pretty big fail.
One was a 42 year old neighbour from a brain tumour that had been mis-diagnosed by the GP as 'anorexia caused by a bump on the head', 15 months she lasted before dying in front of her husband one evening, he called for the ambulance and I went to help him, they started her heart but she was brain dead, they'd begged for her to be referred. The tumour was huge according to the hospital she was taken to. I might add they'd taken her to A&E a few times and she'd been admitted overnight after a bad fall because she had no strength, still it was never diagnosed!
Another was an online friend (38) who was diagnosed by a consultant as having fibromyalgia, she too actually suffered from a brain tumour and found out 6 hours before she passed what she actually had. Her young family were obviously devastated.
The third was a neighbours sister (50 something) who kept pestering her GP that she was losing weight and was chronically tired all the time. She had bloods taken but was told all was fine. She passed just before Christmas 2 years ago at home on her own as she was single, turned out she had stomach cancer.
My own mother was treated for diabetes for months when she actually had pancreatic cancer, she was given 6 months but lived 18 months. She had a lot of fluid built up in her abdomen so went in to hospital for a routine drain, they drained over 21litres of fluid from her, her weight dropped to under 5 stone (from 9.5 stone) due to the weight of the fluid, she was in chronic pain after they drained it, we asked for pain meds and they brought her 2 paracetamol which she couldn't take as she wasn't eating by then and couldn't swallow. Eventually a jr Dr appeared with a syringe of morphine, he injected her and she fell immediately asleep as they'd not taken into account her loss of weight. She never woke up. TBH it was a blessing for her but even so it shouldn't have happened.
Our own son found a lump in his testicle, rang the GP for an appointment, told them what it was for and they offered him one in 3 weeks time! This was just to see a GP, let alone getting referred! He rang a private hospital that afternoon, got an appointment the next day for a check, had a scan the next morning and chat with consultant for results straight after. Happily nothing to be concerned about but at £500 the lot it saved weeks of worry! You can't put a price on reassurance.
These are people connected to me, just how much of this actually goes on? BTW non of them sued as their families didn't think it right to do so to the NHS despite me telling them that they're insured for this type of thing. Imo if more did so they'd have to get their act together, I sure as heck would have done!