The GP practice is unwilling to send their patient for a scan, the reason being (I assume) purely financial in that the less they spend on referrals means more money in the pot for them to share and puts them in line for an additional bonus in the shape of incentive payments for reducing the practice's referral rates. All part of yet another NHS 'cost reduction' programme which puts patient health in danger.
The General Medical Council's (GMC) says that doctors must not accept any 'inducement, gift or hospitality' that influences or affects the way a doctor treats or refers patients and yet surely what we have in the case above is exactly that?
As a dog collar one of the most important parts of my role (up there with making Jesus known) is the pastoral care of those around me and this means that I am commissioned and commanded to 'fight the good fight' against each and every foe before me in whatever legal and morally correct form is appropriate to bring about what is right and good.
I'd be grateful for experiences (be careful regarding libel and the like) and other things which might inform and aid me in the strife before me.
I'd be grateful for prayer for the person this sad tale relates to and for her family and for wisdom for me as I seek to make a difference and be an agent for good.