image (6)The 95 per cent standard of patients receiving cancer treatment within 31 days of a decision to treat continues to be met, according to recently published statistics.

The figures show that 96.3 per cent of patients in Scotland had their first treatment within the 31 day standard from April to June 2015. In Lanarkshire, that figure was 96.8%. The average wait for the country was six days, and 90 per cent of patients waited 27 days or less.

For the 62 day referral to treatment standard, which applies to patients referred with a suspicion of cancer, 92.1 per cent were treated within 62 days. In Lanarkshire, that figure was 95.9%. 

This summer the Scottish Government announced £4.05 million of additional funding to help health boards improve cancer waiting times. The funding is targeted at helping boards to meet the 62 day standard, by building diagnostic and treatment capacity.

Commenting on the figures, Linda said:

“I am pleased to see that the 31 day standard continues to be met, with an average wait of only six days once a decision has been made. Quite rightly, the Scottish Government have set rigorous standards to ensure people receive prompt cancer treatment.

“With an ageing population and strides in screening and diagnosis, there has been a significant increase in the number of people being diagnosed with cancer. It is good to see improved survival rates.

“The Scottish Government is rightly committed to supporting Health Boards to reach the challenging 95 per cent standard which has been set.

“Earlier this year, an additional, targeted £4.05 million was announced to help boards make improvements. This will help to improve diagnostics and build capacity, with help for boards that are experiencing particular pressures. It will help cut waiting times and ensure patients get the speedy tests and treatment they need.”



The Scottish Government standard is that:
• 95 per cent of patients urgently referred with a suspicion of cancer will wait a maximum of 62 days from referral to first cancer treatment.
• 95 per cent of all patients, regardless of route of referral, will wait a maximum of 31 days from decision to treat to first cancer treatment

The ISD publication ‘Cancer Waiting Times in Scotland – April to June 2015’ is available here:

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