Probe shows NHS cuts hit cancer care
CANCER patients’ lives are being put at risk as Tory cuts to the NHS delay the start of some treatments, a Labour review found.
The longest wait for treatment following a GP referral in 2017 was 18 months – against a target of 62 days.
Freedom of information data from 95 English NHS trusts showed that 66% of those who replied had at least one cancer patient who was forced to wait over six months.
Experts blame cuts to NHS budgets and staff.
A Department of Health spokesman said “the vast majority of people start treatment within 62 days”.