18 February 2015
Responding to the 62-day cancer waiting times statistics for October to December 2014 released today by NHS England, Dr Fran Woodard, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It is deeply concerning that the cancer waiting time targets, which outline the time it should take for people with cancer to begin treatment following an urgent GP referral, have been breached once again in England. This marks a year of this target being consistently missed, a year in which we’ve barely seen any improvements to waiting times being made. This shows a fundamental failure within the NHS.
“Latest figures show that 68 trusts in England have failed to meet the target leaving more than 5,000 people waiting more than 62 days to start urgent treatment – this is simply deplorable.
“The government has been very clear about its ambition to improve cancer survival rates across the country but it is no longer enough to just pay lip service to the issue. Ahead of the upcoming general election we need to see a firm commitment by all political parties in their manifestos to tackle poor cancer survival rates and outcomes as a matter of urgency.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. The 68 trusts is based on providers who give first treatment to more than 5 people with cancer in Q3 2014-15. http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/2015/02/18/provider-based-cancer-waiting-times-for-q3-2014-15/
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