Cole-Hamilton criticises “outrageous” cancer wait time performance

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

Statistics published today by ISD Scotland show 82.7% of patients started treatment within the 62 day standard during the quarter ending December 2018, compared to 87.1% for the same quarter the year before.

The 62 day standard was met by just one NHS Board - NHS Lanarkshire.

Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:

“The Scottish Government’s record on cancer waits is outrageous and SNP ministers have admitted that they don’t expect to meet this target until 2021.

“A referral because cancer is suspected is an incredibly distressing time for patients and their families but under this SNP Government it is still not triggering urgent action.

“We need an end to long waits for cancer treatment and to force a new focus on making sure NHS staff and patients have the support and resources they need.”

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