NHS misses cancer treatment waiting times target for the third year in a row

NHS England has published the latest cancer waiting times for the third quarter of 2016/17 (October to December 2016). The figures show that the  ‘two month (62 day) wait from urgent GP referral to first definitive treatment’ was missed for the third year in a row.  82.2% of people began their first treatment within 62 days, which is less than the previous quarter results of 82.3% and the specified target of 85%. This means that more than 70,000 people in this time have not received their first treatment within 62 days.

Read the NHS press release here and the Sky News article here.

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