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Cancer waiting times

20/12/2011

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon comments on cancer waiting times figures, published today by ISD Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon said:

"Cancer waiting times in Scotland continue to beat targets ahead of schedule, with 96.7 per cent of patients starting treatment within 62 days of urgent referral with a suspicion of cancer and 97.9 per cent of patients starting treatment within 31 days of decision to treat - both against a target of 95 per cent.

"We will continue to closely monitor Board's performance against these targets in line with our Detect Cancer Early Initiative to improve cancer survival rates in Scotland".