New Cancer Diagnosis Guidelines Could Save Lives, Says NICE

Medical Negligence Lawyers Welcome New Diagnosis Guidelines

23.06.2015

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced new guidelines on cancer diagnosis for GPs that it believes will save up to 5,000 lives each year.

Under the new guidelines, GPs would be able to order CT scans and internal examinations directly, rather than use a referral system, which NICE believes will speed up the diagnosis process for those suffering with cancer symptoms.

Specialist medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell, who have represented a number of patients who faced delays with diagnosis, have welcomed the new guidelines.

The committee has also produced information for patients to help them spot the most common signs of cancer so they can seek medical advice quickly. The new guidance encourages doctors to put "safety nets" in place to ensure difficult cases are not missed.

Professor Mark Baker of NICE told the BBC the new policy would save a "tangible number" of lives.

"This guideline specifically addresses that shortfall. We estimate it will [save] about 5,000 lives a year," he added.

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Lisa Jordan, a Partner and expert medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: 

Expert Opinion
The new guidelines outlined by NICE are very welcome and will ensure the diagnosis of cancer for some patients will be much quicker.

“Early diagnosis and treatment plays a critical role in the chances of survival and recovery from cancer. we have seen through our work the often tragic consequences that delay in diagnosis of the disease has on patients.

“While the guidelines are welcome it is vital that the resources required to implement these changes are in place to ensure tests can be carried out quickly and patients are provided with a speedy and correct diagnosis.
Lisa Jordan, Partner