Cancer treatment target is missed for first time

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 02 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3679
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

More than a third of trusts in England missed the target to begin the first definitive treatment of at least 85% of patients within 62 days of an urgent referral from their GP for suspected cancer in the last quarter of 2013-14, show the latest figures from NHS England.

Between January and March 2014 30 967 patients began first definitive treatment for cancer after an urgent GP referral, and 84.4% were treated within two …

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