10 September 2015
Responding to the 62-day cancer waiting times statistics for July 2015 released today by NHS England, Tom Cottam, Policy Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“It is concerning that the English cancer waiting time targets, which outline the time it should take for people with cancer to see a consultant and begin treatment following an urgent GP referral, have been breached once again. This is the sign of an NHS which is overstretched and is in need of greater resources.
“In July 2015, over half (53%) of trusts in England were still missing the 62-day GP referral target. Almost 1 in 3 trusts which missed the target did so by more than 10% .
“We know that there are 2 million people living with cancer in England and many of them are currently struggling with the devastating and often long-term impact of the disease and its treatment. This is yet more evidence that people with cancer are having an unfair deal when it comes to accessing the type and quality of services they need.
“Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be devastating, leaving many people feeling anxious, distressed and lonely. Waiting unnecessarily to begin treatment should not be something they have to tolerate at such a difficult time and we want to see the Government act urgently to ensure these results improve. The Cancer Strategy for England outlines vital recommendations which can improve cancer care. This needs to be fully funded and implemented if we are to see people living longer – and well - with cancer.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
 NHS England. Cancer Waiting Times (provider based), July 2015. Two Month Wait from GP Urgent Referral to a First Treatment for Cancer. Analysis is for Trusts where least five patients or more were admitted.
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