A record number of people started cancer treatment in June within the 62-day target time, according to figures out today.
The latest figures for June show that 86.5% of people (578 of 668 patients) started treatment within the target time via the Urgent Suspected Cancer route, compared to 88.6% (534 out of 603 patients) the previous month. The number of people starting cancer treatment via this route overall was also the highest on record.
Meanwhile more people (824 of 846 patients) started treatment within the target time via the non-urgent route, where cancer was not initially suspected, compared to the previous month; 97.4% of patients, narrowly missing the 98% target. This is the highest number of people starting treatment since December 2015.
Overall, June saw the highest number of people start cancer treatment in Wales since records began.
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething said:
“Record numbers of people are starting treatment for cancer in Wales and more people than ever are surviving the disease, thanks to our NHS. However, I expect health boards to continue their efforts to meet these demanding targets. I want to thank all the NHS staff who are working hard to ensure that the majority of people are able to start their treatment promptly.”