NHS Blood Cancer Care

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 17th January 2018.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley 2:30 pm, 17th January 2018

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his intervention. Yes, that is the problem. One of the issues is just that: the symptoms are all too often commonplace. Particularly at this time of year, many of us are suffering from colds, are feeling tired or have other viruses. I will come on to this later on, but there is a message to GPs that, if one or more of these symptoms is being displayed, they should consider that it could be blood cancer and carry out a relatively simple blood test to try to determine that. Far too often, blood cancer patients have to visit their GPs many times before being referred to hospital.