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GP: Don't blame doctors for not spotting cancer

Naming and shaming doctors for missing cancer symptoms is "not going to make any real difference," one GP told ITV News.

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Debate rages over publicising GPs who spot cancer

The debate about whether GPs should be named and shamed if they repeatedly fail to spot the signs of cancer has divided opinion.

Rachel Bown who went to her doctor three times before eventually being diagnosed with a tumor said: "If GPs continually not diagnose, it's absolutely vital that they are publicised."

However, Dr. Chaan Nagpul said he feared the plan would push doctors into indiscriminately sending people for cancer tests. He said:

"The simplest thing for GPs to do would be to refer everyone with the faintest possibility of cancer to hospital. Now that would massively clog up clinics."

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