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Young 'won't wait to see doctor'
Patients wait for their hospital appointments
A third said queuing was a waste of time
A "can't queue, won't queue" generation of Britons are neglecting their health, hygiene and happiness because they cannot bear to wait, a survey suggests.

Some 42% of 18 to 29-year-olds told a survey for insurer they would miss a trip to the doctor as they did not want to wait for appointments.

Nearly a third of the 2,032 surveyed for the poll risked poor teeth as they did not have time to go to the dentist.

And 16% said they would not give blood because the process took too long.

Our 24/7 culture tends to lead us all to expect our needs to be met immediately
Dr David Wrigley
Developing Patient Partnership

But impatience shown on health issues was also reflected in other areas of life.

Some 38% said they risked a "bad hair day" because they could not be bothered to wait for a hairdresser's appointment, while 48% said they would walk past a night club if the queue was too lengthy.

Almost a third - 29% - said queuing was a complete waste of time and 5% refused to stand in line at all.'s Stelios Haji-Ioannou said: "With a generation so accustomed to the speed of the internet, off-line services such as doctors, dentists and hairdressers seem rather sluggish in comparison.

"Now, thanks to the net, the younger generation can do their weekly shop, buy car insurance, even check their health with the greatest of ease.

"If only it were possible to do a root canal or get a haircut on the internet too, perhaps we'd all look better and be well insured."

'The simple things'

Dr David Wrigley, chairman of the Developing Patient Partnerships, acknowledged it could be difficult to fit routine health checks into busy lifestyles.

"Our 24/7 culture tends to lead us all to expect our needs to be met immediately.

"This survey shows that for many young people health may take a back seat to more interesting or pressing concerns.

"However, with more and more readily available information about how best to look after your health and the consequences of not doing so, it should be increasingly clear to young people the enormous benefits of taking responsibility for their health.

"It's often pretty simple things that can make a huge difference."

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