Waiting lists for NHS cancer treatment are set to be the worst on record


NHS are waiting for the worst on record, suggestive figures.

133,843 cancer patients in England did not start treatment 31 days of therapy being decided.

Las month just 78.2 per cent in the UK GP instead of the target of 85 per cent, NHS England data shows.

On the back of the figures, Tom Sandford, the England director of the Royal College of Nursing, said the NHS is 'buckling under the strain'.

The NHS are set to be the worst on record (stock)

The NHS are set to be the worst on record (stock)

Between April and September, the NHS treated the lowest or lowest number of patients in eight out of nine cancer targets since they were introduced in 2012-13.

And more patients missed out on timely treatment than in 2012-to-2015 combined, the figures show.

Between July and September, 93.5 per cent of patients had surgery

For the first time in a group of patients who were unable to do so, the patient was forced to wait.

Rose Gray, from Cancer Research UK, said the figures are particularly 'worrying' given that surgery can be life-saving for cancer sufferers.

She added the data highlighting the pressures facing the NHS.

The target of treating 85 per cent of patients within 62 days of an urgent referral was missed for the 33rd consecutive month in October.

From July-to-September, 78.6 per cent of patients – 8.836 – failed to be treated within this timeframe.


Since the beginning of the year, we have been waiting for over-stretched.

Experts said the NHS was in the grip of an 'eternal winter' and many hospitals are still struggling to cope with the unprecedented pressure.

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt was forced to admit the worst winter ever.

Chiefs deleted thousands of operations in a controversial move to ease pressure. And experts have this to be the only option to stop a crisis next year.

The latest monthly data from NHS England also shows that waiting times for routine operations, such as knee and hip replacements.

Staff violent assaults on staff for 10 per cent in a year – partly driven by frustration with waiting times.

Since the target was first missed in January 2014, a total of more than 118,000 patients have had to wait.

Dr Fran Woodard, The Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support told, The Guardian: 'These figures are further evidence of a worrying trend which demonstrates that the pressure on cancer services is truly beginning to bite.

These patients are thousands of cancer patients waiting for referral for diagnosis or to start treatment.

She stressed the Government must invest in recruiting cancer specialists.

Delyth Morgan, the chief executive at Breast Cancer Now, said it must invest £ 39million into recruitment to enable breast services to cope with rising demand over the next decade.

Mr Sandford added to £ 1billion investment into nursing education is needed.

He also referred to a cancer center in Essex that has recently been announced.

Buckling under the strain, 'he said.

An NHS spokesperson said to have greater confidence in the GPs for cancer checks, which results in the health service.

NHS England recently announced at £ 10m cash injection to treat the extra patients coming forward, the spokesperson added.

One in two people born after 1960 in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lives, according to figures.

NHS emergency services in England are struggling to cope with a 'year round crisis' that is damaging patient care.

NHS England figures revealed earlier this month.


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