"NHS patients are having to wait almost six months for life-saving diagnostic tests such as MRI scans, new research for The Daily Telegraph shows today. While waiting lists are falling overall, a study of NHS trusts found that the chance of an early diagnosis depends on where a patient lives. Patients in Wales had to wait 100 working days for an MRI scan in 2005/6, while those in the North-East had to wait only 47 days." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/04/27/ngps227.xml OK, you think, a pity but these things happen, pressure on scanning resources, lack of staff blah, blah, blah. Well, last Thursday morning one of my dogs suddenly started bleeding seriously from his left nostril. How seriously? Well the room where they sleep looked like an axe murderer had been at work. The Vet had dog blood couriered in. For a dog, such an episode can represent serious bad news. To cut a long story short Vet concluded a CT scan was the only way to really see what was going on because it is impossible to scope parts of a dog nose. How long did this take to arrange and get done? 24 HOURS. In a private scanning facilty normally used for humans but that uses spare scanner time out of hours to examine animals to raise more dosh. All I can say is that I am damn glad we renewed the Pet insurance!He will need an operation but should be OK But what grips my proverbial about all this is the attitude of Patricia Condescension is my middle name Hewitt and her minions. So now tell me that "Rapid progress from referral to diagnosis is a challenge...." and that 18 weeks represents a "reasonable" target after the NHS had the "Best Ever Year." What a country.