Too many are on NHS waiting lists
A RECENT headline in a national daily was “... spotting cancer early TRIPLES chance of survival”.
I would opine that in Hillingdon the detection/survival rates must be far, far, worse.
Indeed I would opine that too many are now dying on NHS waiting lists, and the survival rate figures must be getting lower.
I would deem the reasons for Hillingdon’s failure are due to many issues, but the main ones are likely to be:
The influx of huge numbers of ‘outsiders’ – aka legal and illegal immigrants, including health tourists from Heathrow.
Local GP’s and surgeries being so full that a waiting list of four weeks or more just to get an appointment is now the norm.
Some local GP practices merging so that now patients have to travel outside the immediate area just to see a GP.
There is a total lack of routine national screening such as for prostate cancer and numerous other cancers.
Appointments to see consultants such as for prostate issues is now so difficult that waiting times in years seems to be the norm – unless you pay privately.
The carcinogenic fumes from aircraft exhaust is known to cause cancers of all kinds; the area around Heathrow Airport is a known ‘red hot spot’ for such pollution.