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Breast Cancer Treatment

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

21. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for breast cancer treatment; and if she will make a statement. (78480)

Average waiting times are not collected centrally. In the last quarter 99.7 per cent. of patients were treated for breast cancer within a month of diagnosis and 99 per cent. of patients were treated within two months of urgent referral by their general practitioner.

25. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the most recent average waiting time was for breast cancer treatment in York; and if she will make a statement. (78484)

The Department does not collect average waiting times for breast cancer treatment. However, the latest data available for the York hospitals NHS trust show that in Quarter 4 2005-06 the trust achieved 100 per cent. of the two week out-patient wait for urgent referrals target and 100 per cent. of the maximum one month wait from diagnosis (decision to treat) to first definitive treatment target. The trust achieved 95.8 per cent. against the 62 day target for urgent general practitioner referral for suspected cancer to treatment for breast cancer in the same period.