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Cancer Referrals

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of suspected cancer cases were seen within two weeks of a referral in each of the last 20 years. (93836)

The information is not held centrally for the period requested. The two week out-patient waiting time standard for all urgent general practitioner referrals for suspected cancer was introduced in 2000. From an audit of waiting times in 1997, 63 per cent. of people with suspected cancer were seen by a specialist within two weeks of urgent referral by their GP—today the figure is 99.9 per cent. From August 2001, data on national health service performance on all cancer waiting times targets have been published quarterly on the Department’s website at http://www.performance.doh.gov.uk/cancerwaits/.