Blood Cancer: Diagnosis

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Public Health and Primary Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure GPs are using the latest NICE cancer symptom guidance on diagnosing blood cancer symptoms.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Once the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) publishes clinical guidance, health professionals and the organisations that employ them are expected to take it into account when deciding what treatments are suitable for each patient.

NICE updated referral guidelines for suspected cancer published in June 2015 with general practitioners urged to think of cancer sooner and lower the referral threshold for tests.

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