Just had an issue with my local GP surgery, not for the first time trying to send me on a 12 mile round trip for an "urgent" ECG and blood tests instructed to report tomorrow p.m. at a satellite surgery because that is where the speciialist nurse and a Dr will be tomorrow! Refused the appointment on the grounds that i do not live there and need to be seen locally," can you get a taxi?" or someone to drive you, or drive yourself despite needing an "urgent" ECG.... no to all of above, why should i? Telephoned the cardiac team at the hospital, one of them contacted the surgery and put an RPG up some ones arse, voila ECG in one hour at my clinic, unbelievable, had i been weaker willed, frail or vulnerable then i could have either said "sod it" and not botherd going at all, or paid out £20 in taxi fares and been messed around because it did not suit them to see me at my own clinic,but rather to suit their manning requirements at the time. Three weeks ago i was asked to go a hospital in Peterborough, a round trip of 180 miles to have a biopsy taken from my lip, then return a fortnight later for the results, followed by another trip to remove the thought to be non malignant tissue. I queried why Peterborough? "oh we have decided to reorganise our teams into specific areas" excellent so the NHS will be paying all of my travel costs etc then? After kicking up some shit, including e-mails to the nhs trust and my local mp, it suddenly turned out that there was a clinic in Boston with vacancies in a weeks time. The point being that these cuts are being introduced without consultation with patients/GP or even the staff at the specialised clinics, vulnerable patients are being put at risk, jobs are quietly being cut and unless we as patients stand our ground against this, then you or your kids, your older family members will be shunted around from Cornwall to Cumbria to suit the bean counters striving to achieve their targets and bonus's. Rant over , but seriously concerned from Lincolnshire keeping the objections going locally.