30 May 2014
Responding to cancer waiting times statistics for quarter 4 2013-14 released today by the Department of Health, Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It is of great concern that the number of trusts missing this target has doubled over the last year. Around one in four of the trusts that were hitting the target at the start of 2013/14 are now missing the target .This is the first breach of any cancer waiting time in England since 2009 and is a clear warning sign that the NHS is under huge strain.
“The UK already has some of the worst cancer survival rates in Europe . More patients are now facing delays, which means more patients are facing anxiety for longer and more lives are being put at risk. We’re very worried that the coordination of cancer care is getting worse and that cancer is being overlooked in the new NHS.
“The number of cancer patients is set to increase from two to three million by the end of the next Government in 20204, and we can’t afford to see more and more people waiting longer. Ahead of next year’s general election Macmillan Cancer Support is urging all political parties to commit to delivering cancer outcomes that match the best in Europe and to make cancer a top priority for the next government.”
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Notes to Editors:
1. Comparison of 62-Day Wait for first treatment – All Cancers (Provider Data) for admitted and non admitted care from Quarter 4 2013-14 (January to March 2014) to Quarter 1 2013-14 (April to June 2013). Available at http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/category/statistics/provider-waiting-cancer/ accessed 30 May 2014
2. Cancer Waiting Times commentary Q4 2013-14 Available at http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/05/Cancer-Waiting-Times-commentary-Q4-2013-14-provider-based-data.pdf 30 May 2014
3. De Angelis R, Sant M, Coleman MP, et al. Cancer survival in Europe 1999–2007 by country and age: results of EUROCARE-5—a population-based study. Lancet Oncol 2013; published online Dec 5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(13)70546-1
4. Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. Br J Cancer. 2012.107: 1195-1202. (Projections scenario 1).
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