New cancer action plans required after 5 years of missed targets

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for health board to publish new action plans for eliminating long waits for cancer treatment after another quarter in which the 62 day target was missed.

New statistics from ISD Scotland reveal that between July and September just 87.2% of patients received treatment within 62 days. Only 3 out of 14 NHS boards are managing to meet this standard. The target has not been met nationally since 2012.

Mr Cole-Hamilton commented: 

"People will be appalled to learn that under the SNP Government this target for cancer treatment hasn't been met in five years. The importance of swift care couldn't be clearer. Early diagnosis coupled with prompt treatment saves lives.

"The Health Secretary should work with each health board to publish new action plans for tackling these waits for cancer treatment, making it clear to patients how and when cancer targets will finally be met.

“For this to succeed however, SNP Government must also ensure NHS boards are provided with the resources they need to be able to turn this around.”

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