Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has said that current cancer waits are an insult to patients and called for new leadership as figures released today revealed that performance against the 62-day waiting time target is at its worst ever level.
The statistics published by ISD Scotland show that only 85% of patients were seen within the 62-day waiting time target, down from 87.1% in the previous quarter. The statistics also show the longest wait to start cancer treatment was 271 days.
Only 3 out of 14 NHS boards are managing to meet the standard and the target has not been met nationally since 2012.
Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:
"Cancer waiting time targets have been missed for more than five years and performance against it is now at the worst level on record.
“When the SNP announced new funding for cancer screening this week, it was only because they knew terrible performance figures were set to be published 24 hours later. This hustling and scraping is totally the wrong approach to take to our health service and an insult to patients.
“Today is the day for Nicola Sturgeon to ask Shona Robison to leave her health brief and hand these responsibilities to someone capable of turning this around.”