About a quarter of NHS cancer patients have a worryingly long wait for their treatment to begin. This is a cause for significant concern say experts. The new figures from the NHS England reveal that the healthcare system has not met the goals of on-time healthcare delivery to cancer patients for over 1,000 days. Similar figures appear from the A&E department.
The figures further show that after an urgent GP referral to cancer patients, treatment should begin within 62 days. According to recommendations, at least 85 percent of patients should be seen during this time. However, January figures reveal that only 76.2 percent of patients are seen within this timeframe.
According to Dr. Fran Woodard, Director of Policy and Impact on Macmillan Cancer Support, marks "January 2019 five years since the 62-day cancer target was first missed, and despite the best efforts of hard-working NHS staff, over 127,000 people were waiting too long to start a vital treatment over that time. "An NHS spokeswoman said in a statement," More people than ever before come up with cancer control, with a quarter million more people being controlled for cancer this year and a thousand more are treated within the two-month target The NHS England is investing another $ 10 million this year to treat extra people, and the NHS Long Term Plan includes a number of ambitious measures to capture more cancers earlier, saving thousands of lives each year. "
The wait has not looked good for the A&E department and also says the report. Only 84.2 percent of patients are seen within four hours of meals. The recommended figure of 95 percent has not been met since July 2015, the report says. An NHS spokeswoman said to this: "Despite a significant increase in demand, nearly a quarter of people have been seen and treated within four hours of A&E this winter compared to last year. Ambulance services respond to life-threatening calls faster , with fewer A&E ambulance transfers, and significantly more people have the support they need to avoid a longer hospital stay. "
The Royal College of Surgeons has issued a statement that 227,569 patients are expected to be over six months in a scheduled procedure. Currently, 4.16 million people are waiting to start their treatment, the report says. Professor Derek Alderson, chairman of the RCS, stated in a statement: "The length of patients waiting to start treatment continues to grow. There are now over 100,000 more patients waiting longer than 18 weeks to start treatment when compared to the same time last year. "
Work Shadow Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said today: "Today's statistics will not do anything to eliminate front-line concerns, as goals will not change based on clinical consensus, but due to political pressure from Tory ministers." He called the situation "shameful".