GPs and Hospitals should be better supported to be able to diagnose people more quickly.
Responsible department: Department of Health
We are asking the Government to invest in the diagnostic tools across all diseases to ensure that we, the public, do not suffer undue pain and are diagnosed early enough to make a real difference to the quality of our lives.
There should be greater education of healthcare professionals to develop a better awareness of the range of possible causes of the symptoms particularly of the common chronic conditions.
Early detection and diagnosis of disease aims to prevent unnecessary pain, suffering and in some cases permanent disability or death by ensuring effective treatment and intervention. Delays in diagnosis can lead to an increase in the cost of treatments and a decrease in patients’ contribution to society. Therefore early diagnosis makes better economic and social sense.
We therefore urge the Government to ensure that necessary diagnostic tools and improved education to enable early diagnosis in all disease areas is at the forefront of NHS care.
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