The Valencia region health authority has stated that a colon cancer test will be available to everyone in Alicante Province this year .However GP´s have warned that this may not be possible .
GP´s have formally complained that the health authority is currently stopping them from sending people suspected of having the disease for a colonoscopy examination .
What is in fact happening is that the patient is being referred to a specialist and is then having to wait another two to three weeks for any action to take place .Some times they have to wait even longer .
One GP has stated that one of his patients had clear symptoms of the disease and waited two weeks for a consultation and then the consultant immediately referred him for a colonoscopy .
The GP´s stress that the time factor between diagnosis and treatment is crucial in having a good outcome for the patient .
The health authority has said that the reason for the sending to a specialist was to make certain that only the most urgent cases were dealt with first .