Probe shows NHS cuts hit can­cer care

Daily Mirror - - NEWS -

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”.

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