Cole-Hamilton: Cancer wait time performance “disgraceful”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has branded current waits for cancer treatment a “disgrace”, 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 81.4% of patients were seen within the 62-day waiting time target for the quarter 1 July to 30 September 2018. That’s down from 84.6% in the previous quarter.

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

Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:

“The Scottish Government’s record on cancer waits is a scandal. When people get diagnosed with cancer it’s a distressing time for them and their families. You’d expect on the spot action to treat them but these statistics show that expectation is far from reality.

“These results are an absolute disgrace. No one should be forced to endure such a prolonged period of anxiety and long waits could jeopardise patients’ chance of recovery.

“This Autumn, SNP ministers admitted that they don’t expect to meet this target until 2021. Scottish Liberal Democrats demand better.”

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