Cancer care waiting times missed again

Waiting time targets for treating people with cancer in Wales have been missed again.

Every part of Wales missed the target to treat 95% of people found to have cancer via the ‘urgent route’ within two months. The latest figures show that only 81% were treated that quickly.

These figures are the worst since 2013. The Labour government in Wales has failed to meet it’s own target since 2008.

In Cardiff the shocking figures show that just 63% of ‘urgent route’ patients were treated on time. Cardiff’s cancer waiting times are the worst in Wales.

Cardiff has only met the cancer waiting time once in 4 years.

Lib Dem Eluned Parrott commented:

“The continued missing of this target is a disgrace."

“How can Labour Ministers allow so many cancer patients to face such lengthy waits? Despite the hard work of NHS staff, Labour Ministers’ inaction is letting patients down.

“Being diagnosed with cancer is as incredibly stressful time for anyone. It’s appalling that, following their diagnosis, many people are being forced to wait over two months until the start of their treatment.

“For too long patients’ views have been side-lined. Wales needs an NHS that puts patients first, and that’s what the Welsh Liberal Democrats will deliver.”

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