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Cancer: Waiting Lists

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people suspected of having cancer were treated within (a) two weeks and (b) one month of referral (i) in 2005 and (ii) in the last 12 months. (220569)

In England during the year 2005-06, 99.7 per cent. of patients were first seen by a specialist within two weeks, following an urgent referral for suspected cancer from a general practitioner, and 95.8 per cent. of patients started treatment within one month of receiving a cancer diagnosis.

In the year 2007-08 (the most recent for which data is available), 99.9 per cent. of such patients were first seen by a specialist within two weeks, following an urgent referral for suspected cancer from a general practitioner, and 99.6 per cent. of such patients started treatment within one month of receiving a cancer diagnosis.