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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Reaches Cancer Waiting Time Target

May 20, 2009 3:45 PM

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A lot of hard work, effort and investment during 2008 has resulted in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde meeting the tough waiting time targets set for treating cancer patients.

Figures announced by ISD show that 95.3% of cancer patients were treated within the 62 day waiting time target for the quarter October to December 2008 in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, which is slightly higher than the 95% target,.

Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “Both clinical teams and managers have worked tirelessly to enable us to deliver waiting times targets for cancer patients.

“I am pleased that the figures validate that we have managed to achieve what was an extremely challenging target.

“As well as extra investment we introduced a number of actions to reach the waiting times target including additional staff, Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) Co-ordinators, increased theatre capacity and pre-booking treatment slots.”

NHS Scotland as a whole has met the national target to treat 95 per cent of urgently referred cancer patients within two months for the first time.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "The achievement of this key cancer waiting times target on a national basis is a significant achievement and testimony to the hard work of all our NHS staff.

"The improvement since this Government took office in May 2007 shows how seriously we take this issue.

"But we must continue to strive for further improvement within specific NHS Boards and cancer types, and to ensure this achievement is sustained for the future.

"Nevertheless, hitting the 95 per cent target gives us a strong foundation as we work towards our new and very ambitious goal to start treatment for all cancer patients within 31 days, from a decision to treat, by December 2011.

"A cancer diagnosis is always extremely worrying for patients and they deserve the shortest possible wait between a decision to treat and that treatment starting.

"This Government and our NHS partners will channel every effort into making sure cancer patients are treated swiftly and to the very highest standards."

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