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Waiting times for NHS cancer treatment are at worst ever level

Official figures have shown that a record number of patients are not receiving vital cancer care on time because NHS England performance against waiting time targets has fallen to its lowest ever level, according to official figures.

It has been reported that patients are being forced to wait for care as hospitals are struggling to cope with the amount of people being referred by GPs, with a suspected 18,000 patients a month not seeing a specialist or starting necessary treatment within the prescribed timescales.

The impact a delay in treatment can have on a patient and their loved ones can be devastating, and unfortunately the number of medical negligence claims surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of cancer is one of the most common. A delay can seriously impact on the effectiveness of treatment, and also lead to additional anguish for all involved. 

In the past year, the number of patients who had not seen a specialist within two weeks had risen to 60% when compared with the year before, and over 22,000 patients had not received urgent treatment with 62 days of referral. 

Last week we shared the news that a new breathalyser is being developed and tested in the UK, there are hopes that this will speed up the diagnosis time of cancer for patients, which would hopefully mean a more swift turnaround time in patients receiving the necessary treatment. 

Our expert medical negligence lawyers provide sensitive and timely legal advice to people with mistreated or delayed cancer claims. 

Monday 21st January - Sunday 27th January 2019 is Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, which aims to educate as many people as possible to know how they can reduce their risk of the disease. Information on how to reduce your risk of cervical cancer can be found by visiting their website:

If the cancer is late diagnosed, undiagnosed or improper / delayed treatment has been given, you may be able to claim compensation. Get in touch with our expert lawyers to see how we can help – 01603 877000.

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