Hume calls for answers after cancer treatment times missed


Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for answers after the latest figures showed the Scottish Government continues to miss its own cancer treatment times in health boards across Scotland.

Nearly one in ten patients, 92.1 percent, started treatment within 62 days of urgent referral with suspicion of cancer in the quarter ending June 2014. This compares to 91.1% in the previous quarter.

Six out of 14 health boards have still failed to meet the 95 percent standard for starting treatment within 62 days of urgent referral with a suspicion of cancer.

Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume said:

“SNP Ministers must explain why health boards are still not meeting the government's cancer treatment targets.

“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 six out of 14 health boards meeting the treatment time standard for urgent referral with suspicion of cancer, we need to know what the SNP is doing to help health boards meet government targets.”


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