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# Seven days in medicine: 12-18 October 2016

BMJ 2016; 355 (Published 20 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5627

## NHS news

### Cancer waiting target is missed again

The 62 day cancer waiting time target of 85% was missed again in England in August 2016, as only 82.8% started treatment within this time after an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer. Emma Greenwood, Cancer Research UK’s head of policy, said, “It’s important to remember that these missed targets represent thousands of cancer patients whose treatment has been slow to start. This is unacceptable. And we’ve highlighted these missed targets for more than two and a half years now.”

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