Almost one in four patients waited longer than two months to start cancer treatment from a GP referral – the highest ever – a new report has shown.
New analysis of NHS performance data from The Nuffield Trust has reported that in February, 23.9% of patients waited over two months to start treatment.
That is an increase of 4.8 percentage points from the previous year and a small increase of 0.1 percentage point from last month.
The target of waiting for 62-days to start cancer treatment is still not being met, with the analysis stating that the target has not been met in over three years.
The report also looked into A&E waiting times and found that in March 2019, 13.4% of A+E attendants spent over the four-hour target, under which patients should be seen and/or discharged within four hours of arrival.
Compared to the previous month, the figure is a 2.4 percentage point drop and a two percentage point decrease from March 2018.
Additionally, only ten out of 134 major A&E departments met the four-hour target in March.
Earlier last month, Pulse reported that NHS England was considering scrapping the four-hour A+E target due to ‘well-documented issues’.