24 September 2019

The SNP Government has failed again to meet its own waiting time figures for patients with cancer.

Official figures show just 82.4% of patients started treatment within the 62 day standard between April 1st and June 30th 2019.

The waiting time target is supposed to ensure 95% of patients start treatment following their first urgent referral with a suspicion of cancer.

Scottish Labour supports reducing the waiting time to just 14 days for a cancer diagnosis - something the Health Secretary has indicated she will move towards with the launch of an Endoscopy Action Plan.

However, with Jeane Freeman's failure to reach the current targets, it seems unlikely Scottish Labour's calls will be met.

Scottish Labour’s health spokesperson, Monica Lennon, said:

"Receiving a cancer diagnosis is an extremely upsetting and stressful time, and early treatment is vital.

"The waiting time target is supposed to help improve survival rates for patients, but it's being missed again and again with only three health boards meeting it between the beginning of April and end of June this year.

“Our NHS is chronically cash starved and understaffed, and patients are being let down.

"The Health Secretary cannot make any moves towards reducing the amount of time patients are waiting for treatment until she manages to hit her government's own target, which hasn't been met in seven years.

"Scottish Labour will continue to hold Jeane Freeman to account for her failures and will push for a two week target to be enshrined into law."
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