Read with interest. This has been a problem for nearly every patient that I have met, both from the teenage and children's cancer wards. It is not good enough. So many of the parents are dismissed by their GPs as overprotective loons.
I realise it is hard to identify cancer in a child. However, if you have a parent repeatedly telling you that something serious is wrong, it might be an idea to listen to them and trust their judgement. True, some might be attention seekers. However, if pandering to them means that genuine cases are referred quickly, then it is a cheap price to pay.