Cancer Research UK ‘s Director of Policy Responds to the Latest NHS England Cancer Waiting Times Data
Emma Greenwood Cancer Research UK ‘s director of policy, said:
“Today’s figures for January are the worst ever performance against this crucial cancer target – which has now been missed annually for three years. This is completely unacceptable.
“Cancer targets exist to ensure quick diagnosis and access to treatment, and provide a snapshot of how the NHS is performing for patients. The Government and NHS England have committed to improving early diagnosis of cancer, including increasing investment, but it’s clear that this is yet to have an impact. Specifically, we have yet to see any significant progress to address huge staff shortages in the diagnostic workforce: especially for radiologists, pathologists, endoscopists and radiographers.
“The cancer strategy sets an ambition for our patients to have survival match the best in the world. These figures are a warning sign that we are not on track to meet this. Urgent action is needed now to give our patients the care they deserve and the best chance of surviving.”