MDs are going to be in a bit of a pickle this year.
As we all know, this year’s batch of appointments will not be announced until the end of January, and there are a number of things that could cause confusion, delays and even the unexpected: the end-of-year medical calendar changes are likely to come into effect this month, so MDs will be able to make appointments before the end (and we won’t know until they actually get there).
The end-date for some clinical trials will be extended, but not all.
It’s still possible that a trial could be extended beyond the end date of the next scheduled appointment, for example.
The end- of-year calendar changes could lead to some unexpected delays or even cancellations of clinical trials, especially in the areas of primary care, paediatrics and oncology.
For example, if an MD has a scheduled appointment for a new clinical trial for a type of cancer that has not been seen in patients with breast cancer, or if a trial is scheduled for a clinical trial of a treatment that may be less effective than the one being tested, it could lead the patient to miss a scheduled scheduled appointment.
This is what has happened with the trials of the vaccine for Ebola, for which MDs had been scheduled to meet the end on January 6, 2019.
The vaccine was due to be ready to go in 2019, but was delayed by the end June.
The decision to delay the trial had been made before the start of the calendar changes, but because of the end time change, the trial was postponed and will not happen.
This is not the first time that an MD or a clinical study has been delayed.
In 2015, the end times for the clinical trials of new drugs and devices were delayed by a month or so.
When a trial has to be rescheduled, the usual channels for communicating with the patient are often not available.
In some cases, the patient will not even be able, or will have to, get to a clinical trials appointment.
This situation is particularly concerning for new treatments.
The NHS has been told that the end dates for a number different clinical trials may need to be changed in order to accommodate the end in January 2019.
There are a lot of reasons why the NHS is not clear on exactly when the end for the new clinical research will come.
In some cases it may be too late to make the appointment, but in other cases it could be too soon.
If you have questions about the end calendar changes for clinical trials or the end to a new trial, please get in touch with the NHS Patient Information Service on 0845 533 7300.
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