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Cancer care standards ‘lagging behind targets across most of England’

6th October 2016

The standard of cancer care across the majority of areas in England is falling below targeted levels, according to new official data.

A review from NHS England has examined the performance of all 209 clinical commissioning groups on metrics such as waiting times, cancer survival, patient surveys and early diagnosis.

Only 29 were classed as performing well enough to meet the ambitions set out in the 2015 cancer care strategy, which called for improvements to be made so another 30,000 lives per year could be saved by 2020.

Two-thirds of areas are failing to achieve the target of ensuring 85 percent of cancer patients start treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral, while more than half are not seeing 70 percent of cancer patients survive for a year.

Dr Fran Woodard, executive director of policy and impact at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "The system simply must be set up to care for people with cancer now and in the future. That's why we desperately need the government to provide the funding, tools and workforce to deliver the improvements the strategy clearly recommends."

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