SNP focused on independence despite worst ever cancer figures


SNP focused on independence despite worst ever cancer figures

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that new cancer figures paint a “bleak picture” after services posted the worst performance against the 62-day referral to treatment standard since records began in 2012.

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that new cancer figures paint a “bleak picture” after services posted the worst performance against the 62-day referral to treatment standard since records began in 2012. 

Just 76.9% of referrals started treatment within 62-days, a decrease from 79.1% in the previous quarter. Overall, the 62-day standard waiting time for urgent referral to the start of cancer treatment was only met by NHS Borders.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said: 

“These latest stats paint a bleak picture of the state of Scotland’s cancer care services. The fact that under this SNP/Green government, only one Scottish health board met the 62-day standard for referral in this last quarter is simply not good enough.

“All of this means patients are being failed, whilst their loved ones watch on anxiously, powerless to do anything.

"I am appalled that on the day Scotland announces its worst ever figures for cancer waits, Nicola Sturgeon is focused on another attempt to break up the UK. Where is that same urgency for patients in need?

“This has been going on for far too long. The Scottish Government needs to urgently get a grip of cancer care and treatment. That means setting out a timeline for hitting these targets and putting place the staff and resources to make that happen. Making patients wait for this action is unacceptable.” 

ENDS 

Notes to editors: 

The figures can be found here.


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