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We told you last week that doc­tors at Oakview Med­i­cal Prac­tice in Alexan­dria mak­ing emer­gency re­fer­rals for women be­lieved to be suf­fer­ing from breast can­cer have been left wor­ried by an eight-week de­lay for treat­ment.

Read­ers took to our Face­book page to share their views on the is­sue.

Paula Noo­nan said:“TheVale gy­nae­col­ogy wait­ing time is ridicu­lous too - six weeks wait to get biopsy re­sults, only get­ting them by con­tin­u­ally phon­ing the depart­ment to be then told al­though noth­ing found fur­ther tests/ap­point­ments are needed but can’t get an ap­point­ment be­cause the con­sul­tant is off sick.

“Is there only one gy­nae­col­o­gist for the whole of theVale area?”

LouiseWreth­man Col­man said: “This is ab­so­lutely dis­grace­ful, peo­ples life’s are at risk, yet no one seems to be do­ing any­thing.

“Would the NHS bosses etc be on a wait­ing list for treat­ment? “Scan­dalous.”

Caz Buchanan said:“This is ab­so­lutely shock­ing and fright­en­ing, where’s all the coun­cil­lor’s? “Talk and get this sorted asap. “This is some­body’s life.” Noleen Dar­roch added:“I waited over 10 weeks from an ur­gent re­fer­ral made in July, when queried with the ap­point­ment sec­tion I was told that they were not al­lowed to of­fer out ap­point­ments that had al­ready been can­celled by pa­tients as an al­ter­na­tive date, so good chance there has been clin­ics run that have not been full.”

Rosie Robert­son added:“This is hor­rific in this day and age - pri­or­i­ties should be looked at and as­sessed ac­cord­ingly it’s dis­gust­ing the way that pa­tients are be­ing treated. Shock­ing.”

Lynda McEwan added:“It’s not the NHS’s fault.

“It’sTory/Labour/SNP aus­ter­ity that’s stran­gling the ser­vices it can pro­vide.

“Be care­ful be­cause they want us to blame the NHS and say that it’s fail­ing so they can pri­va­tise it and make our health sys­tem like Amer­ica’s.

“Or­gan­ise and fight aus­ter­ity in­stead.”

Louise Robert­son added:“Won­der why women die younger here than any­where else in Scot­land.”

Sara Sousa said:“It’s hap­pen­ing ev­ery­where around Eng­land as ser­vices are stretched to the max, with very lit­tle staff to run it.

“If there was a pa­tient with a acute prog­no­sis they would take pri­or­ity which means ap­point­ments get can­celled or de­layed in date.“It’s in­cred­i­bly frus­trat­ing but it’s not the NHS foun­da­tion trust fault.”

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