Picked up a copy of the Daily Mail yesterday which, being Tuesday, was Good Health section day. It included an article called How to be a pushy patient and I was hooked from the moment I read a quote from Professor David Haslam head of NICE, the organisation that approves treatments for use in the NHS. He says "Even when we go and see them we are just too timid with our doctors".
The article goes on to cover some of the things we are legally entitled to under the NHS Consitution:
- Getting the latest drug treatment
- Choosing a specialist or where to have an op
- Seeking a second opinion
- Seeing your medical records
- Unhappy with your GP's care
- Taking part in a clinical trial
Well worth a read on the link above.