SNP must get a grip on cancer waiting times - Jo


Jo Swinson MP today called on the SNP Government to get a grip on cancer waiting times which could affect people in East Dunbartonshire, after new figures showed that Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board was one of 9 across Scotland to miss crucial treatment targets. 

Under Scottish Government targets, 95% of patients should receive treatment within the 62 day waiting standard from referral to first cancer treatment. However, locally, only 91% of patients were treated within this time and across Scotland only 92% of patients were treated within the 62 day period. 

Commenting, Jo said: 

“Early treatment can make all the difference to those diagnosed with cancer. Prolonged delays not only increase the anxiety facing people waiting for treatment and their families, but can also have an effect on the outcome of the treatment. 

“Local doctors and nurses do a fantastic job, but the fact that this key treatment target has been missed is a real concern. Tackling the waiting time problem requires political commitment from the Health Secretary at Holyrood. Cancer waiting times were worsening last year, yet the Scottish Government only began working with health boards in April. The Health Secretary must get a grip and take a proactive approach to the pressures facing NHS boards.”

ENDS 

Notes to Editors: 

Full details of the performance of Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board against the 62 day treatment target are available online at:  http://bit.ly/VbomsS

 


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