24 February 2014
Responding to the news that the number of NHS Foundation Trusts which are not meeting their '62 day wait from GP referral targets' has been increasing for the last two years, Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'This increase in waiting times is extremely worrying. The number of people with cancer in the UK will double by 2030 so we simply cannot let waiting times continue to rise.
'All trusts have a responsibility to meet these targets, or they risk putting a patient’s best chance of survival at risk. The longer a patient has to wait for treatment, the more chance they have of the cancer developing to an advanced stage. Delays between diagnosis and treatment can also cause unnecessary stress for people affected by cancer and their families.
'It is vital that the NHS in England provides all cancer patients with the treatment they need as soon as they need it.'
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours: 07801 307 068)
Notes to Editors:
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