Following a GP referral for suspect cancer the waiting time for first treatment has a 62-day target.
That is 62 days of despair, misery, uncertainty not only for the person affected but for their entire family.
Surely there must be a faster turnaround following indications of this devastating disease, in my view such a wait is simply cruel.
In reality In March 2018, 345 patients commenced their first treatment for cancer following an urgent referral for suspect cancer. 75.4% (260 patients) started treatment within 62 days which is at least encouraging. The 62 day target, however, must be reduced.