Cancer treatment times worsening under Sturgeon

Only 3 out of 10 cancer types are treated within Scottish government’s 62 day target

Responding to the release today of government figures on cancer treatment waiting times within the NHS, Richard Simpson MSP, Shadow Minister for Public Health said:

“It is concerning that cancer performance is slipping under the SNP. The percentage of patients receiving treatment within 62 days of  an urgent referral has suffered a notable drop in these statistics.

“At the end of last year, 8 out of 10 cancer types fell within the target for treatment. Now it is only 3 out of 10. 174 Scots who are suspected of having cancer are now waiting longer for treatment.

“Proportionately, fewer Scots are being treated within the target times set out by the SNP government. I am concerned that this does not become a consistent trend in the NHS in Scotland and I call on Nicola Sturgeon to take the necessary steps to stop the worsening of performance in treating cancer.

“Labour stands by our commitment. We would make early diagnosis of cancer – one of Scotland’s main causes of death – a real priority for government by introducing a right to see a cancer specialist and get results within two weeks. The SNP’s early diagnosis promise is not yet being implemented.”