"Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer", published on
In the most recent period for which statistics are available (Quarter Two 2010-11), 95% of patients in England urgently referred with suspected cancer by their general practitioner (GP) were seen by a specialist within two weeks. For primary care trusts (PCTs) in the North West, this figure was 95.8% and for patients served by Wirral PCT the figure was 97.6%. In England, 98.4% of patients were treated 31 days from diagnosis to first treatment for all cancers.
The NHS Constitution includes the right to see a specialist within two weeks of urgent GP referral, where cancer is suspected, or for the NHS to take all reasonable steps to offer a range of alternative providers where this is not possible. "The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2011-12" confirms that patient rights under the constitution remain in place.