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NHS failing RA patients

16th 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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