Too many are on NHS wait­ing lists

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - C J BRADY High Street, Har­ling­ton

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.

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