Patient's 265-day wait caps litany of NHS failure

Dennis Sevakis
Latest news from the the So-you-really-want-Hillarycare-do-you? Department (from The Scotsman)

Hundreds of Scottish cancer patients are still being forced to wait months for treatment, and ministers admitted yesterday that they had no idea when the problem would be solved.

Andy Kerr, the health minister, said he was "extremely disappointed" by new figures which revealed the Scottish Executive had failed to meet a target of 95 per cent of cancer patients starting treatment within two months of urgent referral by their doctor. Ministers had pledged the target would be met by last December.

However, the latest statistics showed that, in one case, a patient was left waiting 265 days - nearly nine months.

They also exposed worrying drops in performance for the treatment of breast, lung, skin and bowel cancers.

Latest news from the the So-you-really-want-Hillarycare-do-you? Department (from The Scotsman)

Hundreds of Scottish cancer patients are still being forced to wait months for treatment, and ministers admitted yesterday that they had no idea when the problem would be solved.

Andy Kerr, the health minister, said he was "extremely disappointed" by new figures which revealed the Scottish Executive had failed to meet a target of 95 per cent of cancer patients starting treatment within two months of urgent referral by their doctor. Ministers had pledged the target would be met by last December.

However, the latest statistics showed that, in one case, a patient was left waiting 265 days - nearly nine months.

They also exposed worrying drops in performance for the treatment of breast, lung, skin and bowel cancers.