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NHS England cancer waiting times data from Q1 2020/21 shows:
NHS England cancer waiting times data from June 2020 shows:
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, the research and care charity, said:
“These latest figures make it starkly evident that the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer will continue for some time.
“Worryingly, our fears of growing delays in starting breast cancer treatment are now unfortunately being confirmed, as the 31-day target from being diagnosed to starting treatment has been missed again for breast cancer patients.
“Also, while the number of people being referred by their GP is now increasing further each month, we are still some way from the figures returning to what we would normally expect to see. It’s so important everyone continues to check their breasts regularly and knows that they can and should get in touch with their GP surgery urgently if they notice anything different or new. While most breast changes won’t be cancer, the sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more likely treatment is to be successful.
“We urge NHS England and Cancer Alliances to set out comprehensive plans to ensure all cancer services are fully restored and return to pre-pandemic levels as soon as possible. This includes ensuring that anyone whose appointment to see a specialist has been delayed is monitored and followed up. Crucially, there must also be sufficient capacity in the already stretched workforce to both to catch-up on the huge backlog and work through the potential influx of referrals in the coming months. It is essential we do all we can to minimise delays to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.”