Health written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on improving the proportion of cancer patients who begin treatment within 62 days of urgent referral from their GP.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

We have had no discussions with the Trust.

In the most recent period for which statistics are available (Quarter 4 2011-12) 85.9% of patients, who were urgently referred for suspected cancer by their general practitioner and subsequently diagnosed with cancer, began their first definitive treatment within two months (62 days) at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The operational standard expected of the national health service for the 62-day waiting time standard is 85%.

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