In Scotland, the 95% target for waiting times of 31 days or less, between decision to treat and first treatment, was met in June 2018, having been met or only just missed for the last six years . Four out of fifteen boards did not meet the target. In 2017, the average was 94.8%.
The 62-day wait between first suspicion of cancer to first treatment was, however, only met in 84.6% of cases. In NHS England, the figure was only 78.2%.
It was not my intention to deceive by the above ordering but merely to offer a novel alternative to the BBC Scotland tendency to put the bad news first and in the headline leaving only more attentive listeners to get the good news
In NHS England:
‘Patients who are given an urgent referral by their GP are meant to start treatment within 62 days. But in July , 78.2% were seen in that timeframe, the worst performance since records began in October 2009. It means more than 3,000 people waited longer than two months for treatment to begin. The target is also being missed elsewhere in the UK (sic)’.