Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Ayr MSP John Scott warns about cancer patient treatment figures
Ayr MSP John Scott has reacted with concern to this week’s publication of the latest cancer waiting time figures. Figures released this week show that the proportion of cancer patients within Ayrshire and Arran treated within 62 days of urgent referral between April and June was 91.3% - below the Scottish Government’s target of 95% - but the MSP has also warned that the long-term trend in Ayrshire and Arran is a cause for worry.
John Scott MSP (pictured above) said: “It is worrying enough that the figures available for the last quarter show a failure to meet the 62 day target, but the real cause for concern is the trend that appears to be developing locally. In the last quarter of 2007, 95% of cancer patients in Ayrshire and Arran who were urgently referred received treatment within 62 days. During the first quarter of this year that fell to 93% and now it has fallen further to just over 91%.
“The fact of the matter appears to be that NHS Ayrshire and Arran are falling behind the national Scottish average when it comes to treating urgent cancer referrals and with cancer survival rates for people in Scotland amongst the worst in Europe, this trend cannot be allowed to continue.
“It’s also another reason why the planned specialist cancer unit at Ayr Hospital must go ahead at the earliest opportunity.
“I have written to the Chairman of NHS Ayrshire and Arran expressing my serious concern at this situation, and asking him to investigate why locally we are falling behind the rest of the country, and to outline what steps it is proposed to take in order to firstly meet and then exceed the Scottish Government’s targets for urgent referrals.”
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