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Cancer Waiting Times statistics released

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The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety today published the Northern Ireland Cancer Waiting Times Statistics Release for January, February and March 2016.

The release gives details of the waiting times for patients accessing cancer services at hospitals in Northern Ireland during January, February and March 2016.

Key facts and figures for NI Cancer Waiting Times for the months of January, February and March 2016 are listed below:
Latest Position (March 2016)

  • In March 2016, 335 patients commenced first treatment for cancer following an urgent referral for suspect cancer. Of these 71.6%, (240) started treatment within 62 days.
  • During March 2016, 781 patients commenced their first treatment for cancer following a decision to treat being taken. Of these 746 (95.5%) started treatment within 31 days.
  • During March 2016, 1,158 (88.4%) of the 1,310 patients seen by a breast cancer specialist for a first assessment following an urgent referral for suspect breast cancer, were seen within 14 days.

Latest Quarter (January – March 2016)

  • The percentage of patients first treated for cancer within 62 days following an urgent GP referral for suspect cancer increased from 66.2% in January 2016 (208 out of 314 patients) to 71.6% in March 2016 (240 out of 335 patients).
  • There was little change in the percentage of patients first treated within 31 days following a decision to treat when comparing January 2016 and March 2016, with 94.7% treated within 31 days in January 2016 (731 of 772 patients) and 95.5% in March 2016 (746 of 781 patients).
  • There was an increase in the percentage of patients first seen within 14 days following an urgent referral for suspect breast cancer, from 71.0% in January 2016 (901 out of 1,269 patients) to 88.4% in March 2016 (1,158 of the 1,310 patients).

Position compared to same month last year (March 2015 to March 2016)

  • In March 2016, 240 of the 335 patients (71.6%) commenced their first treatment within 62 days, compared with 193 of the 267 patients (72.3%) in March 2015.
  • In March 2016, 746 out of 781 patients (95.5%) were treated within 31 days of a decision to treat, compared with 716 of the 739 patients (96.9%) treated within 31 days in March 2015
  • The percentage of patients first seen within 14 days following an urgent referral for suspect breast cancer increased from 82.2% in March 2015 (934 out of 1,136), to 88.4% in March 2016 (1,158 out of 1,310).

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