Doctors Failing To Diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

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More than half of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers have to visit their GP three times before they are diagnosed as doctors are not being trained to spot the symptoms, a charity report claims.

Low diagnosis rates and a lack of understanding of rheumatoid arthritis by GPs are still rife three years after a report aimed at improving services for people with the condition, a survey by Arthritis Care found.

The charity more than half a million people in Britain who suffer from the condition are “systematically and appallingly let down by the NHS” with £8 billion a year being spent on services which are in “disarray”.

Most of the recommendations made three years ago in a Public Accounts Committee report aimed at improving rheumatoid arthritis care are yet to be implemented, the charity added.

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