Jackie Baillie ignores facts: 95% of cancer patients start treatment within 31 days

95%? NOOOO!!!!

From Public Health Scotland today:

There were 6,380 eligible referrals within the 31-day standard, an increase of 6.4% from the previous quarter, but decrease of 0.1% compared with quarter ending 31 Dec 2019. 95.5% of patients started treatment within the 31-day standard, compared with 96.3% in the previous quarter, and 96.5% for quarter ending 31 December 2019.

https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/cancer-waiting-times/cancer-waiting-times-1-april-to-30-june-2022/

You could report that success in beating one target or you could just ignore it and go for something else, like this 0.3% fall in performance against the background of a 9.4% increase in demand:

There were 4,072 eligible referrals for the 62-day standard, an increase of 5.5% from the previous quarter, an increase of 9.4% compared with quarter ending 31 December 2019. 76.3% of patients started treatment within the 62-day standard, compared with 76.9% in the previous quarter, 83.7% for quarter ending 31 December 2019.

https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/cancer-waiting-times/cancer-waiting-times-1-april-to-30-june-2022/

Is one target more important than the other or is one just better news for Scottish Labour’s Jackie Baillie as she tweets:

Shocking that the 62-day cancer wait time target has been missed for 10 years and is now at the worst point on record. It’s costing lives and @HumzaYousaf needs to act now before more people are lost to cancer. Staff are working flat out but not getting support from the SNP.

https://twitter.com/jackiebmsp/status/1574724223951675392
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