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Too many still facing long cancer treatment waits

December 16, 2014 1:52 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that sluggish improvements in performance against cancer waiting times targets mean that too many patients are still facing long waits to begin treatment within 62 days of urgent referral.

Official figures published today showed that 93.5 percent of patients in July-September this year started treatment within 62 days of urgent referral compared to 92.9% for April-June.

Across all cancer types, 8 health boards failed to meet the waiting time target. These included NHS Grampian, NHS Highland, NHS Orkney and NHs Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"These sluggish improvements in performance against cancer waiting times targets mean that too many patients are still facing long waits to begin treatment. 62 days is a long enough wait from urgent referral with suspicion of cancer.

"Health boards continue to face immense pressure on staffing and beds. The Health Secretary must provide assurances that her government is working with health boards to use every tool at their disposal and get a grip on performance."