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GP cancer referrals too slow data shows

Thousands of people eventually diagnosed with cancer may be failed by GPs who do not refer them quickly enough, data suggests.

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Less than 50% of cancer patients seen in many practices

In around half of the practices in the sample, fewer than 50 per cent of cancer patients were seen through the two-week system. Not all patients with cancer visit their GP with symptoms.

The new data has been published by NHS England. Credit: PA

Some are diagnosed in A&E, while others have cancer detected during routine tests, or are referred straight to A&E by their GPs because their symptoms are so bad.

The new data has been published by NHS England as part of a raft of information to help patients work out how well their GP practice is performing.

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