19 November 2014
Responding to cancer waiting times statistics for July to September 2014 released today by NHS England1,Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“This is the third quarter in a row where the cancer waiting time target for patients to begin treatment following an urgent referral has been breached in England. As the situation worsens and more trusts miss their targets we can no longer ignore what has become a fundamental problem within the NHS.
“Delays in diagnosis and waiting for treatment can leave a dark cloud hanging over people with cancer and their families. As they face the unknown, thousands of cancer patients will be left scared, anxious and distressed.
“No one should be forced to suffer like this. Yet today’s statistics show the current system isn’t working and people with cancer are being badly let down. With UKcancer survival rates far behind the rest of Europe we must urgently look tofix this.
“Ahead of the next general election Macmillan Cancer Support is calling on all the political parties to commit in their manifestos to improving cancer survival rates and making cancer a top priority.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
 Provider-based Cancer Waiting Times for Q2 2014-15 (Released 19th November 2014) http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/2014/11/19/provider-based-cancer-waiting-times-for-q2-2014-15/
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