Letter: Health MP defends cancer test wait as 'normal'

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I READ the article about Ethel Sanders with despair. I saw my GP on a Wednesday in December 1986. She recommended I see a consultant as soon as possible. I saw the consultant on Thursday. He said he needed to do an exploratory operation to check if the lump was carcinogenic. I was admitted on Friday. By midday Saturday, I was recovering from my operation.

I had a tumour which would have been lethal if left. Thankfully all the medical people made decisions based on the state of my health and future prospects, not on the amount of money in the kitty. I have therefore lived to tell the tale.

That Mrs Sanders can be left in limbo for weeks demonstrates the moral bankruptcy of Virginia Bottomley's NHS.

Paul Bonett

Brighton, E Sussex