Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Backlogs

Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons on 19th October 2021.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

The proportion of people starting cancer treatment within one month has dropped to the lowest level on record. Some 30,000 fewer people are accessing cancer treatment than we would have expected pre-pandemic, and winter pressures have already caused chemotherapy to be paused in Nottingham. The Government’s plans simply are not working and the Secretary of State is denying reality. Will he make a commitment today that there are now sufficient resources for cancer services throughout the winter period that will protect staff from redistribution, so that they can continue to deliver the care and support that cancer patients need?