NHS cancer crisis as patients can face waiting over two months for treatment

By | April 13, 2019

Patients who doctors fear have cancer face the longest waits for treatment on record.

NHS England data shows nearly a quarter of those urgently referred by their GP are now waiting more than two months for treatment.

In February just 76.1% of patients started treatment within the target time – the worst performance since records began in October 2009. The target of 85% has not been hit since late 2015.

And only 82.5% referred with possible breast cancer symptoms saw a consultant within two weeks, well below the 93% target.

NHS performance is at the worst level since records began in 2009

 

Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive at Breast Cancer Now, said: “This is completely unacceptable. We need NHS England to investigate why breast cancer waiting times continue to decline.”

Theresa May has ordered a review of waiting time targets. If changed it will make it impossible to compare NHS performance against historic data.

An NHS England spokesman said: “250,000 more people got urgent cancer checks this year.”

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