'Record numbers of suspected cancer patients are facing delays before starting their treatment amid growing pressure on increasingly overstretched NHS services for the disease.
In the 12 months to June, 130,553 people in England had to wait more than two weeks for their first appointment with a cancer specialist after being urgently referred by a GP.
That was a big increase on the 104,930 who had to wait longer than 14 days in the same period in 2016-17. In June this year alone, 16,235 people did not meet their specialist for the first time within the 14 days guaranteed by the NHS constitution.
Just 91.1% of all the 182,348 people referred were seen within two weeks in June, a breach of the duty on the NHS to ensure that 93% do so. Almost two-thirds of hospitals proved unable to provide first appointments within 14 days, while a third missed it by at least 10 percentage points or more.
Hospitals also missed several other cancer treatment waiting time targets, in some cases by the widest margin yet seen, the latest NHS-wide performance figures published by NHS England show. Macmillan Cancer Support warned that the service’s performance on how long people wait for cancer care is “slipping”.'
Read more: Thousands of cancer patients face NHS treatment delays
Did you like this article?
Thank you for your vote!
19 March 2019
Think electroshock therapy is a medical brutality from the past? Nearly 23,000 patients were “brain shocked” in the U.K. from 2015-16
1 March 2019
Anti-vaccination fake news on social media fuels tripling in measles cases, head of NHS says
28 February 2019
Almost half of GPs plan to quit NHS within five years amid criticism of Skype consultations
24 February 2019
Controversial electric shock treatment for severe depression could cause permanent brain damage and ‘should be stopped’, leading expert warns
From our advertisers
It’s time for US to fully recognize Israel’s ‘sovereignty’ over disputed Golan Heights – Trump
1 hour ago
U.K.'s Foreign Minister: We Will Oppose Every UN Human Rights Council Measure Against Israel
46 minutes ago
And on the day after Brexit ... 10,000 troops from 13 countries arrive in the UK for major exercise
'Renegade' - The Life Story of David Icke (Official Trailer) - 2019 - And where you can see it...
From our advertisers