Cancer: Waiting Lists

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th November 2022.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce waiting times for cancer treatment.

Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take reduce the number of cancer patients waiting longer than 62 days from receipt of urgent GP referral for suspected cancer to first treatment of cancer.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The ‘Delivery plan for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care’ sets out how the National Health Service will return the number of people waiting more than 62 days to start treatment following an urgent referral due to suspected cancer to pre-pandemic levels by March 2023. We have established 91 community diagnostic centres (CDCs) to provide earlier diagnostic tests closer to home, including for cancer diagnoses.

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