‘Cancer waiting times must improve’ – Kirsty Williams

December 7, 2011 3:30 PM

Kirsty Williams AM has today commented on figures released showing that cancer waiting times are not being met across Wales.

The current target for the percentage of urgent suspected cancer patients treated within 62 days of referral is 95%. Statistics for the most recent quarter show that not a single Local Health Board achieved this target.

89% of patients newly diagnosed with cancer via the Urgent Suspected Cancer route started definitive treatment within 62 days.

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams, commented:

"The percentage of newly diagnosed cancer patients waiting to start treatment within two months is higher in 2011 than any time since back in 2007. This really isn't good enough. The 95% government-set target hasn't been met for many years and the service is not improving.

"I am pleased that such a large number of patients suffering from breast cancer are starting treatment within two months, but it is not acceptable that patients suffering from a different type of cancer will have to wait a great deal longer; for instance, only 73 per cent of gynaecological cancer patients are starting treatment within 62 days.

"During First Minister's Questions this week, Carwyn Jones said he was proud of his party's record on the NHS. Well, he must have incredibly low standards as under this Welsh Labour government; Wales is spending more per head on our health service than in England, but is delivering an inferior service. The Welsh Government has failed to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve the treatment of cancer. The result of this has been patients in Wales receiving worse services than patients over the border."

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