Hume calls for action as cancer treatment times worsen


Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for answers after the latest figures showed a worsening in cancer treatment times across Scotland.

Nearly one in ten patients, 91.9 percent, started treatment within 62 days of urgent referral with suspicion of cancer. This compares to 94.2% in the period October to December 2014.

Four out of 14 health boards met the 95 percent standard for starting treatment within 62 days of urgent referral with a suspicion of cancer. This is down from seven in the previous quarter.

Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume said:

“The figures are headed in all the wrong direction for cancer treatment times. SNP Ministers must explain why.

“62 days alone will feel like decades to cancer patients and their families as they wait to receive their first treatment. I applaud the hard work of all NHS staff who work tirelessly to provide excellent care.

“With only four out of 14 health boards meeting the treatment time standard for urgent referral with suspicion of cancer, Scottish Liberal Democrats remain concerned that the SNP Government has taken its eye off the ball.”


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