Cole-Hamilton: Action needed to reverse the trend on cancer waiting times

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said action is needed to reverse the trend of missed cancer waiting times after figures released today showed they have been missed again.

Figures released by ISD Scotland today show 90.2% of patients started their cancer treatment within the 62 day standard – far below the 95% target. Just three out of the fourteen NHS Boards met the target which has not been met nationally in several years.

Urging the Scottish Government to take action to meet their own targets, Scottish Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“Performance against this key cancer waiting time standard has slipped in recent years. It is really concerning that just three health boards were meeting the target at the start of this year.

“The Scottish Government must act to reverse this trend and make sure people receive the care they need as soon as possible. 

“Waiting nine weeks for vital cancer treatment must feel like a lifetime for patients and their families. SNP Ministers need to set out how the new cancer strategy will address this and ensure doctors and nurses are getting the support they need to meet the targets."

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