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1-in-5 wait for cancer treatment at King's Lynn



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One in five cancer patients do not start treatment on time at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, figures show.

Hospitals are meant to start cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral, with the target stating that 85 per cent of patients should start within this time-frame.

But figures for January show that just 79.7 per cent of cancer patients were treated within the target period at the QEH.

It is a similar story across England, where just 76.2 per cent of cancer patients were treated within the two-month target, the lowest proportion on record. The target has not been met since December 2015. Some 227,000 wait more than six months.

Figures for January show that just 79.7 per cent of cancer patients were treated within the target period at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Figures for January show that just 79.7 per cent of cancer patients were treated within the target period at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Prof Derek Alderson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons said: “There are now over 100,000 more patients waiting longer than 18 weeks to start treatment when compared with the same time last year.”

An NHS spokeswoman said: “NHS England is investing an additional £10 million this year to treat extra people and the NHS Long Term Plan sets out a range of ambitious measures to catch more cancers earlier, which will save thousands of lives every year.”



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