Cancer treatment waiting times see ‘concerning spike’ as NHS plans to ditch key measures

A quarter of cancer patients in January waited more than two months to start treatment, a concerning rise which means the urgent treatment standard has been missed for more than 1,000 days, experts said.

Official NHS figures for January and February show that performance against key waiting times has continued to plumb new depths despite a milder winter than last year.

The statistics come just days after NHS England announced it intended to abandon several of the targets after years of deterioration, despite fears patients will wait even longer.

Full Story: The Independent, 15th March 2018