Key Cancer Waiting Times Improve

Waiting times for a key cancer target in Wales have improved - the best performance in six months, new figures have shown.

The figures for January 2016 show 86.5% of people (492 out of 569) newly-diagnosed with cancer started treatment, following an urgent GP referral within the target time of 62 days (known as the urgent suspected cancer route) – this includes all diagnostic tests and consultations with experts. This is up from 86.2% in December 2015 and is the best performance since July 2015.

Three of Wales’ seven health boards achieved 90% or higher in January:

  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board: 92.9% - the second consecutive month it has achieved more than 90%
  • Aneurin Bevan University Health Board: 92.6% - the third consecutive month it has achieved more than 90%
  • Hywel Dda University Health Board: 90.9% - its best January performance since 2012.

In addition, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg treated 114 out of 139 people within target time – the most treated within 62 days since June 2015.

Meanwhile, 96% of people (787 out of 820) who were newly-diagnosed with cancer started definitive treatment following diagnosis within 31 days (not via the urgent route).

The improvements in the 62-day cancer waiting time performance comes after Welsh Labour’s Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething asked each of Wales’ health boards to produce 100-day plans to improve cancer services in October 2015.

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