Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that the Scottish Government must explain how it will improve cancer waiting times and end the “disgrace” of their targets being missed time after time.
Figures published today by ISD Scotland show that performance continues to fall short, with only 5 of 14 NHS boards meeting the 62 day cancer treatment target
They also revealed a patient waiting 309 days for treatment in Fife, while others in Highland and Greater Glasgow & Clyde have waited 302 days and 251 days respectively.
Commenting, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“It is a disgrace that cancer waiting time targets have been missed time after time. We have seen patients who have received referrals then waiting hundreds of days to start their treatment.
“It is simply not fair that patients and their loved ones are being caused unnecessary anxiety and pain by excessive waits for treatment. The need to meet these targets could not be simpler - early diagnosis and treatment saves lives.
“The SNP Government is falling short on a range of measures. Tackling cancer head on should be a priority. SNP ministers must ensure that NHS boards are able to treat people in good time and with the dignity and diligence they deserve. After repeatedly missing this target, ministers need to be clear about what they will do differently in order to meet their commitments to patients in future.”