Today the Department published the annual commissioner-based NHS cancer waiting times according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
The key points from this release are that, in England, during the period April 2010 to March 2011:
- 95.5% of people were seen by a specialist within two weeks of an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer
- 94.8% of people urgently referred for breast symptoms (where cancer was not initially suspected) were seen within two weeks of referral
- 98.3% of people began their first treatment within 31 days of receiving a diagnosis of cancer, all cancers
- 86.9% of people began treatment within 62 days or an urgent GP referral for suspected, all cancers
- 93.8% of patients receiving first definitive treatment for cancer following referral from an NHS cancer screening service began treatment within 62 days of that referral.
- 93.1% of patients who received first treatment for cancer following a consultant’s decision to upgrade their priority began treatment within 62 days of that decision.
- 97.1% of people waited 31 days or less for a second or subsequent treatment, where that treatment was surgery
- 99.6% of people waited 31 days or less for a second or subsequent treatment, where the treatment was an anti-cancer drug regimen
- 97.7% of people waited 31 days or less for second or subsequent treatment, where the treatment was a course of radiotherapy (Q4 2010-11 only)
Please note that some of the figures may differ from the provider based data shown above. This is because Commissioner-level data does not include those patients receiving treatment in English providers who are not registered at Primary Care Trusts in England.
Read Commissioner-based cancer waiting times, April 2010 to March 2011.