Progress on cancer waits6th October 2006
The National Cancer Director says that the NHS has made excellent progress on reducing cancer waiting times.
In his report 'Waiting times for cancer: progress, lessons learned and next steps', Professor Mike Richards highlighted excellent work by NHS staff and Trusts who have re-designed the way they delivers services to ensure that patients are diagnosed quicker and treated faster.
The NHS Cancer Plan 2000 contained challenging targets for cancer waiting times, proposing that by 2005 no patient would wait longer than 62 days from urgent GP referral to first treatment, or longer than 31 days from diagnosis to first treatment. The current report by Mike Richards says that this should be extended even further so that more patients can benefit from rapid assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
Professor Mike Richards says that "Cancer waiting times are important for patients. Over the past year the NHS has made excellent progress on cancer waiting times with full achievement of the 31 day target and near achievement of the 62 day target. This is already bringing major benefits to patients in terms of reduced delays and reduced anxiety."
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Friday 6th October 2006 @ 12:51
Perhaps now is the time to start considering what should be a reasonable time to wait for treatment, such as chemotherapy, once the first treatment has taken place. this is obviously more difficult to define as every patient will react differently to that first treatment, but perhaps this only means that the target should be lower than those for 31 & 62 days.
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Title: Progress on cancer waits
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 861
Date Added: 6th Oct 2006