Cervical Cancer Smears: A Case for Changing NHS Guidelines

Abigail Eatock

I joined UKIP as I believe that only UKIP are committed to providing true and fair democracy to Britain. As well as being a Politics and International Relations student at the University of York, I was also Chair of the UKIP society in York, as well as the Media Officer for YI UKIP Students. I was the Events Manager for the Peter Whittle leadership campaign. I am also an intern for The Bow Group, writing on UK and international security affairs.

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2 Responses

  1. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    This is clearly awful Abigail. Changes take place, social as well as age related. The Medical response has to move with the times, and if it doesn’t then it should be pushed by Government. I wonder if the cost aspect that is handled by Government is something that is totally intertwined in this failure ? !

  2. James Stanley says:

    The official guidelines need changing, I suffer with Ankyloising Spondulitis, the fusing of the spinal bones. The first symptoms showed at the age of 13, and stopped me taking a County Chricket Trial, some 24 years later, despite visibly suffering from Vitaligo, the loss of skin pigment, a symptom of AS and the concerns of skin cancer, AS was finally diagnosed. The specialist also told me both my hips were shot, but at under 40 , I was 20+ years to young to have them done! At the time hips were a one time deal, and my argument that I would rather have an active unrestricted life from my 40’s than from 60 to 85. At the time I ran my own very profitable one man car repair business. New hips would have meant I could have kept this going, but to no avail, at the age of 39, I was forced to retire on medical grounds As I could not afford the mortgage I was forced to rent, because I had made myself, my wife, and step children homeless, we had to sort ourselves out! For 25 years I have, and still am waiting for a routine operation, living on a financial precipice, virtually on the breadline, all because of NHS guidelines, and the final insult, when my wife died in 2011, because I did not have enough paid for NI stamps, I was refused a funeral grant and widowers benefit, when my income fell by 60%. I sometimes wonder what impact our living conditions in possibly sub standard rented accomodation had on her death? While my condition is not life threatening, it is criminal yhat cancer symptoms are ignored because of some “guide”, most oikel written by a bean counter!! A friend of mine, of Afro Cartibean roots, told me I was doing it all wrong, first I needed a foriegn, preferably coloured close ancestor, spend time out of the UK and return illegally, and finally follow Islam or a non Christian religion, then I would be sorted in very short order, a nice house, all paid for, and my health and money problems solved. Cynical, definitly, but that is how our NHS is percieved. The solution is simple, no health insurance no entry to UK soil, and if emergency treatment is needed, the transport carrier should be liable, as they have the power to ensure their passangers have proper cover. This would stop health tourism overnight. The guidelines should be very simple, symptoms are no respecter of age, children come out of the womb with cancer, men get breast cancer, frankly for all our advances of medical science, we still do not understand how and why we get ill. Inquests still give open verdicts surprisingly often, so even with the most advanced of modern techniques, the answers can’t be found. Just because a patient does not fit an artificial theoretical guideline, does not mean they are not ill, indeed, not fitting the norm, should trigger an even more in depth examination, this gains knowledge, surely what doctors are supposed to do. “First Do No Harm”, the doctors mantra, is not a licence to do nothing, when to do nothing may well result in harm being done to the patient!

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