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Posted on 20th April 2017

Specialist cancer appointment targets repeatedly missed

The NHS has reported that in 2016, over 100,000 patients were not seen by a consultant within the 14 day NHS cancer targets when urgently referred by their GP.

The NHS have set specific targets which state 93% of all urgent cancer referrals must see a specialist within 14 days and that 96% should receive their first treatment within 31 days. They also state 85% of patients with a new primary cancer (original or first tumour) should begin treatment within 62 days of urgent referral.

In February 17 the NHS figures show that only 79% of patients began first treatment within the 62 day target.

The president of the Royal College of Radiologists commented “any delay in diagnosis or time to start therapy risks a growth in the cancer, potentially making it incurable.”

A Macmillan Cancer Support representative said “Nobody should have to go through the horrible uncertainty of waiting more than two months to start cancer treatment and yet this continues to happen to thousands of people in England each month."

Negligence Claimline says:

Any delay in making a diagnosis, getting a specialist appointment or receiving cancer treatment can have devastating consequences for the sufferer.

Delays in receiving treatment can make cancer terminal so for patients and medical professional it is of upmost importance that procedures run smoothly.

Negligence Claimline have helped people investigate whether a delay in being seen by a cancer specialist has caused a delay in receiving cancer treatment. If any delay can be classed as negligent, Negligence Claimline have helped those people make a claim for compensation.

If you have experienced a delay in being seen by a cancer specialist or you think you have had a delay in receiving treatment for cancer, contact us on 03303559210 or for a free claim assessment.