Five-month deadline for NHS to hit cancer target

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waiting listSCOTLAND'S NHS boards have been set a five-month deadline to meet a national target on cancer waiting times.

Andy Kerr, the health minister, said he wanted the key target of 95 per cent of cancer patients starting treatment within two months of urgent referral by their doctor to be met by April. It was originally supposed to have been met by the end of last year. Waiting time figures released last week revealed that only 79.2 per cent of patients had been seen within that timescale.

Then, the minister said he could not give a specific date by which the target would be met. But he told MSPs yesterday: "I would expect the target to be met by April 2007 and consistently maintained thereafter."

source - The Scotsman 

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