If you want proof, look at the cancer treatment statistics. In Wales, cancer treatment is of a very high standard.
The NHS recorded its worst ever performance in in the first month of the year as services struggled to cope with unprecedented demand for A&E care, hospital beds and emergency ambulances.
Hundreds of thousands of patients were forced to wait longer than they should for time-critical care.
The latest monthly performance data released on Thursday by NHS England show how hospitals buckled badly during January, partly because the traditional “winter pressures” arrived later than usual.
A total of 212,136 patients waited more than the maximum four hours to be admitted, transferred or discharged from hospital A&E units – the highest number ever. Hospitals only treated 83% of A&E patients within four hours, way below the 95% standard they are meant to achieve.
Similarly, the largest number of patients ever – 263,445 – waited more than the supposed maximum of 18 weeks to have planned care in hospital, such as a hernia or cataract operation.
Record numbers of cancer patients were also not seen within NHS-wide time limits, with hospitals breaching two of the eight waiting time targets covering the disease.
Only 81% of people referred by their GP to have a first treatment for cancer within 62 days got that – it should be 85%.
And cancer services also failed to ensure that 93% of patients with suspected breast cancer saw a consultant for the first time within two weeks, only managing 92.4% against that standard.
Join the Vox Political Facebook page.
If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!
Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:
Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.
Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here: