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Waiting times for suspected and diagnosed cancer patients: quarter ending September 2011

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The latest quarterly national statistics on NHS cancer waiting times produced by the Department of Health were released on 25 November 2011 …

The latest quarterly national statistics on NHS cancer waiting times produced by the Department of Health were released on 25 November 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Amongst the key results for outpatient services and first definitive treatments show that, in England during the period July to September 2011:

Two week wait:

  • 95.7% of people were seen by a specialist within two weeks of an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer - (95.4% in Q1 2011-12)
  • 96.0% of people urgently referred for breast symptoms (where cancer was not initially suspected) were seen within two weeks of referral (94.5% in Q1 2011-12)

One Month (31-day) wait:

  • 98.4% of people began first definitive treatment within 31 days of diagnosis for all cancers - (98.3% in Q1 2011-12)
  • 99.3% of people began first definitive treatment within 31 days of diagnosis for breast cancer - (99.0% in Q1 2011-12)