13 November 2014
Today [Thursday] a report by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has revealed thousands of patients are currently waiting more than a month for the results from their X-rays and scan tests. Responding to the results, Dr Rosie Loftus, Joint Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“It is incredibly worrying that thousands of patients are facing significant delays in receiving their X-ray and scan test results. Macmillan Cancer Support has recently undertaken a survey of our GP leads which supports the findings of the Royal College of Radiologists in terms of these lengthy and variable waiting times for cancer patients.
“It is vital that people with cancer have rapid access to test results so they are diagnosed early, are treated quickly and have the best possible chance of survival. Of course, lengthy delays can also cause extra worry and concern for people at a time when they are most vulnerable.”
“We welcome the recommendations to tackle these delays through increasing the number of radiologists and supporting them to work together with GPs. Ahead of the next general election, it is also the responsibility of all political parties to commit to tackling poor cancer survival rates so they improve to match the best in Europe and making cancer care a top priority.”
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:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk