13 November 2015
Commenting on new cancer waiting times published for September, Dr Fran Woodard, Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“It is truly dispiriting that cancer waiting times are yet again falling behind targets; this is a sign of a health system that is struggling to cope with the increasing demands placed on it. As the number of people being diagnosed with cancer grows in the coming years, this is a problem that will not go away.
“Receiving a cancer diagnosis is one of the most difficult things someone can face, and patients should expect to be treated as quickly as possible. It is really unacceptable that 26 trusts missed the 62 day target [i] for urgent GP referral to first treatment by more than 10%, meaning that at least 1 in 4 patients in these trusts only received treatment after 62 days have passed [ii].
“These new waiting time figures reinforce how vital it is for the government and NHS to fully fund the recommendations laid out in the cancer strategy for England which was published earlier this year. Without the strategy being fully implemented, it is hard to see how recurring problems such as these will be solved.”
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Notes to Editors:
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