Glasgow cancer waiting times ‘unacceptable’

A key cancer waiting time target has been missed across Scotland for the sixth year in a row, with Glasgow performing the worst of all mainland health boards.

The target aims to ensure at least 95 per cent of patients urgently referred with a suspicion of cancer should wait no more than 62 days from referral to first cancer treatment.

However, across Scotland, just 82.7 per cent of patients started treatment within 62 days between October to December 2018, a decrease from 87.2 per cent for the same quarter the previous year.

In Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the figure was even lower at just 77.4 per cent – the worst in the country after NHS Western Isles.

Scottish Labour supports a two-week waiting time for cancer diagnosis.

Scottish Labour MSP for Glasgow, Anas Sarwar, said:
“These waiting time figures for Glasgow are simply unacceptable.
“Cancer is Scotland’s biggest killer and early detection and treatment is crucial.
“The target exists to give people the best chance of survival and it is alarming that it hasn’t been met once in the last six years.
“In Glasgow, that means thousands of people have been left to endure an anxious wait to begin treatment.
“There is a workforce crisis in the NHS and it’s time to urgently increase capacity in cancer detection and treatment, with a two-week waiting time for cancer diagnosis to raise survival rates.”

NOTES

The 62 Day Standard states that 95% of patients urgently referred with a suspicion of cancer will wait a maximum of 62 days from referral to first cancer treatment.

This standard has not been met nationally since 2012.

Data available from ISD: https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/2019-03-26/2019-03-26-CWT-Report.pdf?22402590514