Key cancer waiting times are not being met, says MSP Jackie Baillie

Cancer treatment is being delayed for local patients, says Jackie Baillie.

By Lizzie Healey

Dumbarton and Lomond Local MSP, Jackie Baillie, has revealed that patients in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are waiting longer than the 62-day target time for treatment for cancer.

Health Boards across Scotland are expected to treat patients who are referred with a suspicion of cancer within a maximum of 62 days.

Across Scotland, the 62-day standard has not been met since 2012 and figures from ISD Scotland show that just two health boards met the standard between July and September 2018, NHS Borders and NHS Lanarkshire.

In NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde almost 25% of patients were left waiting for treatment for longer than 62 days between July and September 2018, an increase on the previous quarter.

Jackie Baillie said:  “Patients who are suspected of having cancer are being expected to wait longer and longer for the urgent treatment that they need.

“In NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde more than 25% of patients are not receiving treatment within the 62-day target time.

“Everyone knows that early diagnosis and early treatment means that patients are more likely to get successful outcomes, so these delays could threaten lives.

“It is clear that health boards across Scotland are struggling with reduced resources and staff and patients are being let down.

“Our NHS urgently requires increased resources to ensure that patients are given the support and treatment that they desperately need.”

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