Patchy cancer plan implementation demonstrated by latest figures

The continued patchy implementation of the Welsh Labour Government’s Cancer Delivery Plan is demonstrated by the latest cancer waiting times, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have said.

Not a single Welsh health board met the 95% target for urgent cancer patients. On a Wales-wide basis, this target has still not been met since 2008.

And locally, performance at Cardiff & the Vale University Health Board is worse than this time last year with only 83.1% of people newly diagnosed with cancer starting treatment within 62 days, compared to 89.2% last year.

The Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee first raised concerns with the implementation of the Cancer Delivery Plan in October 2014.

Eluned Parrott AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales Central said:

“If the Welsh Labour Government was implementing its Cancer Delivery Plan effectively, we should be seeing a steady rise in patients being treated in a timely manner across all parts of Wales. The fact of the matter is that locally, things are getting worse.

“For close to 20% of people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to not start treatment within 62 days once they have been diagnosed with cancer is a disgrace.

“Of course, this issue is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to problems with the NHS in Wales. With youth mental health services in crisis and the worst ambulance response times in the UK, it’s clear that the problems in our health service run deep.

“These problems are far more important than party politics, and we need to get round the table and sort them out. Unfortunately Plaid and the Tories seemed to have no interest in actually fixing our NHS, putting politics before patients when they rejected our plans for a cross-party commission.”

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