NHS failing RA patients16th July 2009
A report from the National Audit Office says that too many people with rheumatoid arthritis are not being diagnosed or treated quickly enough and some services are poorly coordinated.
The NAO says that many patients have to see their GP four times before their doctor refers them to a specialist for diagnosis and treatment. There are estimated to be 580,000 adults in England with the disease which costs the NHS some £560m a year, with 26,000 new cases diagnosed each year.
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Title: NHS failing RA patients
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12175
Date Added: 16th Jul 2009