I Wouldn't Want My Own Wife Waiting This Long for Cancer Treatment; as Report Shows Health Boards Are Still Missing Care Targets, Minister Admits

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I Wouldn't Want My Own Wife Waiting This Long for Cancer Treatment; as Report Shows Health Boards Are Still Missing Care Targets, Minister Admits


Byline: By Natalie Walker

SCOTS health boards are still failing to hit target deadlines for treating cancer.

And yesterday, the health minister admitted the waiting times would not be good enough for own wife Susan.

Minister Andy Kerr said: "Frustration is probably a gentle term for this.

"if my wife or I had a suspicion that we had cancer, I would want my wife or I or any member of my family to be treated quicker.

"That's no different for any member of the general public.

"It is frustrating and it has to improve and I think we can make sure that happens."

New figures confirmed delays in treatment for some cancers were getting worse.

In the final quarter of last year, 26 per cent of patients had to wait more than two months between urgent referral and treatment - a one per cent rise.

Kerr said: "Personally I find that very frustrating.

"Although it's welcome that more than ever we are beating cancer, it's still extremely distressing to wait long times for treatment.

"It is still taking too long for the extra investment, that we promised and have delivered, to translate into real benefits for patients in this area."

The closest to the target time was ovarian cancer, where 92 per cent of cases were treated within two months.

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