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Doctors criticise Government plans for preventative screenings

Government plans for a national health screening programme have been criticised by doctors who say they have not been consulted about how universal preventive screening can be accomplished by the end of this year. The bid to revolutionise the NHS by focusing it on preventive care and personalised care has been welcomed as a positive step forward; but doctors say there are pitfalls, which need to be avoided.

Wide variation in waiting times for endoscopy services

Endoscopy services are improving but long delays are still the norm for patients in some parts of the country leading to calls for more primary care-based services. Critics argue that by using more GPs with a Special Interest and nurse endoscopists long waiting times could be drastically reduced at a time when the number of patients being referred for endoscopies is rising.