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Cancer

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were referred for the urgent treatment of cancer in each quarter since the quarter beginning January 2005. (131946)

The NHS Cancer Plan contained the target that from the end of 2005 all cancer patients would wait a maximum of two months (62 days) from urgent general practitioner referral to first cancer treatment. Not all cancer patients are referred urgently by their general practitioner (GP), so the NHS Cancer Plan also contained the target that all cancer patients would be treated a maximum of one month (31 days) from diagnosis of cancer. The number of patients treated against these targets is shown in the following table.

Quarter

Total number of patients referred for urgent cancer treatment within 62 days by their GP

Total number treated within of cancer of patients to be 31 days of diagnosis

2004-05

4

9,114

37,122

2005-06

1

11,021

42,576

2

12,908

45,532

3

14,371

47,872

4

16,755

49,746

2006-07

1

17,884

50,167

2

19,147

51,582

3

19,605

51,268

Further information on cancer waiting times performance is published at:

www.performance.doh.gov.uk/cancerwaits.