New cancer referral figures are 'testament to the hard work and dedication of GPs and their teams', says College

Publication date: 23 April 2019

The RCGP has paid tribute to dedicated family doctors in its response to NHS England's announcement that cancer checks have topped two million for the first time.

Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "This is excellent news that is testament to the hard work and dedication of GPs and their teams around the country – as well as being very reassuring for our patients.

"GPs have long borne the brunt of criticism for late diagnosis, and today's figures help set the record straight and demonstrate the important contribution that GPs make to the overall picture of cancer referrals and treatment in the NHS.

"GPs will always do their best for their patients and are well aware of the link between timely diagnosis and improved survival rates.

"However, cancer can present itself in many non-specific and vague ways, and GPs need much easier access to the right diagnostics in the community – along with the appropriate training and time to use them - so that we can continue this good work and deliver the best possible care to all our patients."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659
press@rcgp.org.uk

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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