51 cancer patients across NHS Forth Valley are still waiting longer than the 62-day standard set by the Scottish Government for their first cancer treatment according to the latest statistics published today.
The figures demonstrate a slight increase from the previous quarter and means that almost 21% of cancer patients are now waiting far longer than they should for treatment across the area.
According to ISD Scotland, the SNP Government is failing their own target by over 10%, as they have committed to ensure that 95 per cent of patients wait no more than 62 days.
The figures show that there were 246 eligible referrals in NHS Forth Valley in the quarter ending September 2019, with 195 receiving treatment within 62 days, that’s 79.3%.
Even more worrying that the longest wait for a patient in the quarter was 205 days.
Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart said:
‘’It is essential that cancer sufferers receive speedy treatment as any delay can reduce chances of a good outcome.
‘’SNP Ministers are failing to improve cancer services for the people I represent- and this is simply unacceptable.
“These waiting times simply highlight the SNP’s failure to ensure enough capacity or doctors and nurses in our health system – both are the fault of the SNP.
‘’Local SNP politicians like to talk up their record on the NHS, when in fact the exact opposite is the case.
‘’It is time that the SNP stopped grandstanding on big constitutional issues and got back to the day job.’’