Significant numbers of patients continue to be diagnosed at a late stage in England and our cancer outcomes are behind the lowest in Europe. The current NHS Long Term Plan sets out a commitment to achieve earlier diagnosis for cancer patients. Our GPs are often the first medical professional to see a patient with symptoms suspicious of cancer and so supporting pathways to give direct access to GPs for diagnostic tests will help them diagnose or exclude cancer earlier (often referred to as Direct Access Diagnostics).
Historically there have been significant barriers to implementing Direct Access Diagnostics (DAD) in London cancer services but the Transforming Cancer Services – Early Diagnosis Team aim to bring together key leaders in London to ensure there is equitable roll of DAD across all boroughs of London.
Download the presentation on DAD Commissioning in London to find out more.