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Cancer waiting times, July to September 2010

26th November 2010

The latest quarterly national statistics on NHS cancer waiting times produced by the Department of Health were released on 26 November 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Following its independent assessment, the United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods, and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Waiting times for cancer services – 2010-11 QUARTER 2

The key results for outpatient services and first definitive treatments show that, in England during the period July to September 2010:

  • Two week wait:
    • 95.0% of people seen by a specialist within two weeks of an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer - (95.5% in Q1 2010-11)
    • 94.2% of people urgently referred for breast symptoms (where cancer was not initially suspected) were seen within two weeks of referral (94.3% in Q1 2010-11)
  • 31-day wait:
    • 98.4% of people treated within 31 days from diagnosis to first treatment for all cancers – (unchanged from Q1 2010-11)
    • 99.3% of people treated within 31 days from diagnosis to first treatment for breast cancer - (99.0% in Q1 2010-11)
  • 62-day wait:
    • 87.1% of people treated within 62 days from referral for suspected cancer to first treatment, for all cancers – (87.5% in Q1 2010-11)
    • 97.2% of people treated with 62 days from urgent referral for suspected cancer to first treatment for breast cancer – (97.7% in Q1 2010-11)
  • 31-day subsequent wait:
    • 97.0% of people treated within 31 days where subsequent treatment is surgery – (97.6% in Q1 2010-11)
    • 99.6% of people treated within 31 days where subsequent treatment is an anti-cancer drug regimen – (99.7% in Q1 2010-11)
  • 62-day wait extensions:
    • 93.7% of people first treated within 62 days following a consultants decision to upgrade a patient’s priority, for all cancers – (94.1% in Q1 2010-11)
    • 93.6% of people first treated for cancer within 62 days following referral from an NHS screening service, for all cancers – (94.5% in Q1 2010-11).

More detailed commentary and analysis is published alongside the figures on the Department of Health website.

Contact address and email

You can obtain further details about the statistics published in this section or comment on the section by contacting the following address:

Cancer Waiting Times Team
Department of Health
Wellington House (Area 411)
133-155 Waterloo Road
London
SE1 8UG
Email: cancer-waits@dh.gsi.gov.uk

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