Sir Bruce Keogh quoted by Jon Ungoed-Thomas and Sarah-Kate Templeton in “The Sunday Times” 23rd March 2014 says: “I am not interested in an NHS that aspires to mediocrity, the European average or whatever. We should set ourselves the achievable ambition of raising our cancer survival rates to match the very best in Europe.”
ALARMING lapses in cancer care are exposed this weekend by new figures showing thousands of patients are at risk of premature death because of delays in treatment.
As The Sunday Times today launches a campaign to improve cancer care, an investigation found patients face increasing delays in treatment and failings in diagnosis.
It discovered that: ■ More than 3,700 patients waited more than 104 days for treatment in 2013 in breach of a government waiting target. Monitor, the health regulator, is investigating ■ Almost a third of trusts (30%) are breaching a government target of 85% of patients receiving treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral ■ One in 10 sufferers of bone, lung or gastric cancer takes more than 10 months to be diagnosed after first reporting their symptoms to a GP. Some cancer patients wait 50 days or longer for diagnostic tests ■ More than a quarter of cancer patients see their GP at least three times with symptoms before being referred to a specialist.
Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer are critical if Britain is to reverse its poor record of survival rates, which are below the European average for most common cancers. UK survival rates are below those of Poland and Slovenia for some cancers.
The Sunday Times campaign is calling for faster diagnosis, more effective and consistent treatment across the country and more advanced radiotherapy.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS England medical director, is backing the campaign. ….
The problem is worst in Wales say Laura Pitel, Greg Hurst and Chris Smyth in The Times 22nd March 2014: Tories exploit Welsh failures to teach Labour voters a lesson. Read the whole article: Tories exploit Welsh failures to teach Labour voters a lesson
In many ways, especially education Wales is living in the past. Lives were ruined by Sixties ideology, says Ofsted chief. (Greg Hurst in The Times 22nd March 2014) This is the first general critique of Comprehensive Education, but without mentioning the words! Fortunately it was never perpetuated in medical education in Wales. There is nothing wrong with aspiring to excellence… This is what turns doctors on. ad helps to recruit them..