The latest quarterly statistics on waiting times for suspected and diagnosed cancer patients accessing NHS services have been released today, Wednesday 18 February, by NHS England.
Mia Rosenblatt, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Breast Cancer Campaign, said:
“We are relieved to see that two week waiting times where breast cancer is suspected have improved since the last quarter and that 96.6% of people were seen within two weeks of referral – well above the 93% target. This improvement has been made even with figures for total referrals remaining high, with around 6,500 more people being referred in Q3 compared to the same quarter last year.
“The value of the ‘two week wait’ for breast cancer has been long established and it is vital that women are seen by a specialist as soon as possible. This both minimises the distress caused by the uncertainty of not knowing and ensures that treatment can begin as soon as possible if they are diagnosed with breast cancer, giving the best chances of survival. We call on the Department of Health and NHS England to take action to ensure compliance with the targets continues.”