Published on 23/08/2012
The NHS postcode lottery is affecting waiting times for urgent cancer cases across Wales. With only one health board reaching its target, people may want to consider private health insurance to guarantee prompt treatment.
According to Welsh government figures, 95% of urgent cancer patients should be seen by a specialist within 62 days.
However, figures published on the Welsh government website reveal that only 88% of urgent patients were seen within the target time for the quarter ending June 2012.
And where you live in the country will have a significant effect on your waiting time. Aneurin Bevan was the only health board to reach the 95% target. In Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, just 75% of patients started treatment within the target time.
The figures also reveal that non-urgent patients are receiving a better service than those considered urgent. 98% of non-urgent patients began treatment within the target time of 31 days within the same time period.
Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said the Welsh government was "struggling to get a grip".
"It has been years since the Labour government's 95% target has been met and the statistics appear to show that the service is not improving."
"It is imperative that all urgent suspected cancer patients receive treatment promptly, otherwise there is a chance that their health can seriously deteriorate in the meantime."
A Welsh government spokeswoman said it was working to improve services. She said: "We will be looking to see improvements in the 62 day performance over the coming months."
Health insurance enables you to avoid NHS waiting lists and see a leading specialist immediately. Dr Richard Theo of ActiveQuote.com advises: “People looking for prompt cancer treatment should look for a private health insurance policy with full cancer cover.”
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