Devon MP calls on government to bring forward urgent plan to improve cancer care

Liberal Democrat MP for Tiverton & Honiton Richard Foord has called on the Government to bring forward an urgent plan to improve cancer care in the light of new revelations.

Lewis Clarke www.devonlive.com

1,281 local people had to wait more than two weeks to see a cancer specialist after a GP referral, new analysis of NHS data by the Liberal Democrats has found. While the NHS target is for 93 per cent of patients to see a cancer specialist after a referral, patients at Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust this was the case for just 59.84 per cent of patients.

Liberal Democrat MP for Tiverton & Honiton Richard Foord has called on the Government to bring forward an urgent plan to improve cancer care in the light of these revelations. Nationwide, 108 NHS trusts missed the two-week cancer referral target. 62,360 people had to wait more than two weeks to see a cancer specialist after a GP referral in August alone.

Commenting Richard Foord MP said: “It is deeply upsetting that so many people across our part of Devon are being let down. Early cancer diagnosis is crucial, and yet too few are able to see a specialist in good time. The government has failed to come up with a proper plan to help people as targets for waiting times are missed month after month. This is not the fault of our hardworking NHS staff, but instead of central Government.

“From ballooning ambulance waits to understaffed hospitals, this Conservative government been running the NHS into the ground. It’s just not good enough and people here deserve better. We need an urgent plan to improve cancer care and save our local health services. More inaction is not an option.”

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