Latest figures reveal that waiting time targets for treating breast cancer patients in Wales have again been missed.

The Welsh Government have published the latest NHS cancer waiting times figures in Wales which reveal that targets for breast cancer have again been missed.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said: “It’s really important that people diagnosed with breast cancer begin treatment as soon as possible, so we are very disappointed to see treatment waiting time targets for breast cancer patients missed again.

“The continued failure to meet targets like this in Wales is a cause for concern in itself, but these figures only paint half the picture and there are further, hidden waits that are not captured by these numbers. For example, the time period that women wait in between their first referral by a GP and seeing a specialist is not reported on, and our research shows that some women are waiting – and worrying – for over six months to receive a potential diagnosis following a non-urgent referral.

“We look forward to seeing the results of the Welsh Government’s Single Cancer Pathway pilot which was designed to improve transparency in the recording and monitoring of waiting times, and to tackle some of these problems. However, when the pilot was first announced it was due to run until 30 September last year. As yet we still don’t know when to expect results and are waiting for an update on when the project will report.”