Cancer waiting times: Treatment delay in over 50% of urgent cases

08 January 2020 – BBC News

Over half of patients in Northern Ireland who started their cancer treatment last September after an urgent referral did not start their treatment on time according to the Department of Health’s latest waiting time figures.

Government objectives state that at least 95% of cancer patients with an urgent referral from their GP should begin treatment within two months (62 days) but just 48% of the 390 cancer patients who were in this situation in September 2019 began treatment within 62 days.

The latest quarterly figures covers the period from July to September 2019.

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