Cancer: Medical Treatments

Department of Health written question – answered on 20th July 2016.

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Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of cancer patients in (a) England and (b) Bury St Edmunds constituency received their first cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral in (i) 2014-15 and (ii) 2015-16.

Photo of David Mowat David Mowat The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Handbook to the NHS Constitution contains a pledge that 85% of patients have a maximum two month (62-day) wait from urgent referral for suspected cancer to first treatment for all cancers.

The information requested is in the table below:

Percentage of patients in England and Bury St Edmunds constituency1 that waited 62 days from a general practitioner urgent referral to a first treatment for cancer, 2014-15 and 2015-16

England

NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG

NHS West Suffolk CCG

2014-15

83.4%

85.8%

84.9%

2015-16

82.4%

85.2%

83.3%

Source: Cancer waiting times, NHS England

Notes:

1 Bury St Edmunds constituency has two clinical commissioning groups (CCG):

NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG

NHS West Suffolk CCG

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