For the three months ending September 2018, 95.1% of patients waited 31 days or less for first treatment after diagnosis. In the previous quarter the figure was 95%, also meeting the target. This was despite a 6.6% increase in demand since 2017.
81.4% of patients started treatment within 62 days after first referral by a GP. There had been an 11.5% increase in referrals since the previous year. Note that after the 95.1% have been seen for a first appointment with specialist, more aggressive cancers will be scheduled for further treatment before less aggressive ones thus making the 62 day target more complex than it might seem. The important target is the 31 days as that enables specialists to treat those most at risk, quickly and increase survival rates.
In NHS England, in the same period, 78.2% were seen within 62 days against a 5% increase in referrals.