Statistics released yesterday have revealed that cancer waiting times are continuing to get worse.
The Welsh government’s target is for 95% of urgent suspected cancer patients to be seen by a cancer specialist by 62 days. Statistics for November have shown that the target was missed by 10%, with just 85% of patients being seen within the target time. Not a single Local Health Board in the whole of Wales met the 95% target.
62 days is already a incredibly long time for a person to have to wait to be seen by a cancer specialist, but being forced to wait even longer than that is completely unacceptable. It is essential that all urgent suspected cancer patients receive treatment promptly, otherwise there is often a chance their health can seriously deteriorate in the meantime.
It can come to no surprise to any of us that people are having to wait much longer than the target time to be seen by a cancer specialist. The Welsh Labour Government’s target time hasn’t been hit for years and they seem incapable in tackling the problem.