The missing Hartlepool hundreds who don’t turn up for cancer referrals
A worrying total of 670 people who were being checked to see if they had cancer missed urgent appointments in one year alone.
Now, health chiefs serving Hartlepool and Stockton have launched a campaign to find ways of improving the area’s take-up.
One senior official, Dr Nick Timlin, who is the Hartlepool locality lead with the Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “These appointments are like gold dust and its extremely important if you are referred on a two-week rule appointment that you attend.”
Experts think there could be a string of reasons for people... read more