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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Private patients get vital scans months earlier

DOCTORS have exposed the huge divide in waiting times between public and private patients who need hospital scans for potentially serious illnesses.

A survey of almost 300 doctors found that while a private patient can get an ultrasound scan in four days, a public patient would have to wait an average of 14 weeks.

The GPs said a public patient needing a CT scan would face a delay of 16 weeks compared to just 5.5 days if they had private cover. When it comes to an MRI scan, a public patient can wait 22 weeks while a private patient is seen within seven working days.

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