Cancer Waiting Time Targets

The figures below have been taken from the most recent report of the Information Services Division (ISD) of the NHS, published on 31 March 2015 http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Cancer/

The cancer waiting time targets have been considered as National Standards since 1st April 2012.

62-day Standard

The 62-day Standard target is that 95% of patients urgently referred with a suspicion of cancer will wait a maximum of 62 days from referral to first cancer treatment.

In the quarter ending 31st December 2014, 94.2% of patients started treatment within 62 days of urgent referral with suspicion of cancer. This compares to 93.5% in the period July – September 2014.

In the quarter ending 31 December 2014, the 62-day standard was not met by seven NHS Boards: NHS Grampian (89.6%), NHS Highland (94.2%), NHS Shetland (94.4%), NHS Orkney (50%), NHS Fife (92.1%), NHS Ayrshire and Arran (93.7%) and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (93.7%).

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde also missed the target for the previous quarter (July - Sep 2014) where they achieved only 91.9%. 

31-day standard

The 31-day Standard is that 95% of all patients, regardless of route of referral, will wait a maximum of 31 days from decision to treat to first cancer treatment.

In the quarter ending 31st December 2014, 97.5% of patients started treatment within 31 days of decision to treat, regardless of the route of referral. This compares to 96.7% in the period July to September 2014.

In the quarter ending 31st December 2014, the 31-day standard was met by all NHS Boards.

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