NHS Scotland smashes one cancer waiting time target despite increased demand and treats 17% more, on time, than NHS England

Humza Yousaf SNP Cabinet Secretary for Justice at the Scottish Election 2021 count.
The Scottish Health Secretary

According to Public Health Scotland today, for the period 1 April to 30 June 2021, despite a 9.2% increase in referrals, 98.1% waited no more than 31 days from decision to treat to first cancer treatment against a target of 95% and up from 96.2% in the same period of 2020.

This target was met by all 15 health boards in Scotland and has now been met since records began in 2012.

There was also a 10.1% increase in referrals for assessment, taking that up to just above the level observed before the pandemic. 84.1% began treatment within the 62-day standard, up from 83% in the previous quarter despite the 10.1% increase in demand.

Direct comparison with NHS England data is not easy, but according to the Guardian in September 2021:

The number of cancer patients having their first treatment within two months of referral by their GP was 72% in July – well below the 85% expected.

Roughly, we can say that NHS England’s cancer waiting times for first treatment are around 17% worse.

Sources:

https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/cancer-waiting-times/cancer-waiting-times-1-april-to-30-june-2021/

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/sep/09/record-56m-people-in-england-waiting-for-routine-hospital-treatment

3 thoughts on “NHS Scotland smashes one cancer waiting time target despite increased demand and treats 17% more, on time, than NHS England

    1. Alex
      And we gain Indy ABC ( BBC )
      Can and will truly report actual failure
      But from only 1 last broadcast
      And thanks for referring to this bag of weasels as to what they truly are and represent
      UK is without doubt and all intents and purposes a
      Absurd Failing State

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