11 March 2015
Responding to the latest NHS England diagnostic waiting time statistics for tests some of which can detect cancer, Dr Fran Woodard, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“It is concerning that in the past year alone 2,000 more people have been forced to wait more than 6 weeks for endoscopy tests which are needed to detect certain cancers. The NHS is under strain and cancer risks being overlooked and not given the focus it needs.
“We know we cannot meet the colossal cancer challenge facing the UK without leadership from the political parties. That’s why, ahead of the upcoming general election, Macmillan Cancer Support is calling on all political parties to prioritise cancer survival rates and commit to delivering cancer outcomes that match the best in Europe.”
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:
 Difference in ‘number of patients still waiting at quarter end’ between Q3 14-15 and Q3 13-14.
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