Cancer waiting time figures “rock bottom bad”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has branded current waits for cancer treatment “irresponsible and dangerous”, as new statistics show quarterly performance against the 62 day target is at its worst since the standard was introduced in 2012.

The statistics published by ISD Scotland today show that only 84.6% of patients were seen within the 62-day waiting time target for the quarter 1 April to 30 June 2018. That’s down from 85% in the previous quarter, and 86.9% at the same point last year.

Just three out of 14 NHS boards managed to meet the standard.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said in reaction:

“It is massively disappointing to see more people waiting longer for cancer treatment yet again. These results are the worst on record. They must now prompt the Health Secretary to take serious action.

“Any patient will tell you of the anxiety they face while waiting to start treatment. It’s irresponsible and dangerous to leave them waiting this long.

“Waits for cancer treatment are rock bottom bad. Ministers have a responsibility to properly resource the NHS to turn this around. These horrible diseases touch the lives of families across the country. At such a critical time they can’t be left waiting.”

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