Two-thirds of patients must wait 48 hours to see a GP while a tenth wait two WEEKS


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Two-thirds of patients must wait 48 hours to see a GP while a tenth wait two WEEKSPatients struggle for timely access to a doctor, according to a surveySome are forced to wait a fortnight for a consultationNearly half say they are unhappy with local health service By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 01:05 GMT, 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:10 GMT, 22 March 2013 Almost two-thirds of patients say they struggle to get an appointment with a GP within two days, according to new research Two thirds of patients do not think their out-of-hours GP is safe, a report warns today.

Stanwell Surgery Penarth: GP surgery strikes off cystic fibrosis patient after he posts offensive tweet about staff


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'This surgery is run by a bunch of t****': GP surgery strikes off patient after he posts offensive tweet about staff Mathew Cochrane, 26, has been stuck off the patient list at Stanwell SurgeryExpressed anger on Twitter when told next appointment was in three weeksThe cystic fibrosis sufferer has now been told to find a new surgery By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 18:27 GMT, 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 18:53 GMT, 13 March 2013 A cystic fibrosis sufferer has been struck off the books of his local surgery after posting an ‘offensive tweet’ about the staff.

Don"t hate GP receptionists for being grumpy – they"re under pressure and under qualified, says new report


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Don't hate GP receptionists for being grumpy – they're under pressure and under qualified, says new reportStudy says they may be annoying but they are just trying to protect the most vulnerable In many cases, patients are to blame for confrontation By Rachel Reilly PUBLISHED: 18:21 GMT, 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 22 February 2013 Misunderstood: GP receptionists are usually only trying to help They are portrayed as power-crazed dragons who fiercely guard their lair, but GP receptionists should be given a break, says researchers A new study has found that the receptionist's bad reputation is unjustified because they are under incredible pressure to make important decisions regarding a patient's health.

Seven million Britons lie to their GP – because they"re too scared to hear the diagnosis


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Seven million Britons lie to their GP – because they're too scared to hear the diagnosis 14% of patients polled admitted misleading a medicA third did so because they were embarrassed while a quarter held back due to worry about the diagnosis By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 16:06 GMT, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:18 GMT, 1 February 2013 You would think the privacy of the doctor's office would invite patients to reveal all, yet a survey has found seven million Britons lie to their GP.

Mother, 37, left infertile after doctors misread smear tests TWICE leaving cervical cancer to grow


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Mother, 37, left infertile after doctors misread TWO smear tests leaving her prey to cervical cancer Mrs Millward insisted on another smear test seven months earlier than her appointment, saving her own life according to a medical expert | UPDATED: 15:56 GMT, 9 July 2012 A mother who developed cervical cancer and was left infertile after her smear test results were misread twice has been awarded 50,000 compensation.

Toddler with a broken knee is sent home and told his injury is "psychological" in a hospital blunder


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Toddler with a broken knee is sent home and told his injury is 'psychological' in a hospital blunderExperts diagnosed Archie Eldridge, 2, with hairline fracture, only for fracture clinic to remove case and say injury was 'psychological'Youngster walked for two weeks on knee injury before it was finally spotted | UPDATED: 10:18 GMT, 20 June 2012 Agony: Archie Eldridge struggled to walk on his broken right knee after doctors misdiagnosed his injury last month A two-year-old boy who broke his knee in an agonising gymnastics accident was forced to walk on the untreated injury for two weeks because doctors dismissed it as 'psychological'.

Half of patients are forced to wait two days to see their GP with one in eight waiting a week


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Half of patients are forced to wait two days to see their GP with one in eight waiting a week Only a third of patients see of speak to their GP on the phone on the day they call surgeryCritics brand statistics 'completely unsatisfactory' | UPDATED: 06:55 GMT, 15 June 2012 Waiting game: Only a third of patients manage to see or speak to their doctor on the phone on the day they call the surgery, according to data Half of patients have to wait longer than two days to see their GP, official figures show.

rate doctors on the quality of their surgery parking


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Now you can rate doctors on the quality of their surgery car park | UPDATED: 23:41 GMT, 6 June 2012 GP surgeries are being given marks out of ten based on their waiting times, how much trust patients have in their doctor and whether they can park outside.

Doctors vote on whether to take "reluctant" industrial action over pensions


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Doctors vote on whether to take 'reluctant' industrial action over pensions Result of the ballot among 103,000 doctors across the UK is expected to be announced todayIf strike goes ahead, thousands of GP appointments and hospital operations will be cancelled next monthRecent poll of GPs found majority support strike By Graham Smith PUBLISHED: 08:28 GMT, 30 May 2012 | UPDATED: 08:34 GMT, 30 May 2012 A ballot for industrial action among doctors in the bitter row over the Government's controversial pension reforms closed last night.

Musician learns to play piano with one hand after brain tumour leaves him partially paralysed


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Musician learns to play piano with one hand after brain tumour leaves him partially paralysed Student Paul Murray learns to play the piano with left hand after brain tumour leaves him partially paralysed'I forget about all my problems when I play,' he says | UPDATED: 15:41 GMT, 6 April 2012 A pianist who was left partially paralysed by a life-threatening brain tumour has learned to master his instrument with just one hand.