Cancer treatment delays "unacceptable" - says AM

Action must be taken to tackle unacceptable waiting times for cancer treatment in Wales – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.


Macmillan Cancer Support last week warned of the “heart breaking anxiety” that delayed treatment can cause – as news emerged that 96 people faced treatment delays in March alone.


Concerns were also raised that both 31 and 62 day targets were missed with such consistency.


Pointing out that waiting times are “probably the most common issue in his postbag” – Mr Davies said it was vital the situation was addressed.


Constituents across Cardiff, the Vale and RCT “will not stand for further inaction” – he said.


Mr Davies said, “It has long been the case that cancer treatment times in Wales lag behind the England – and that is a matter of both worry and shame.


“It is deeply worrying to be told you have cancer – and Macmillan are absolutely right to highlight the heart breaking anxiety that comes with treatment being delayed.


“My constituents in Cardiff, the Vale and RCT rightly expect the very best treatment - and our doctors, nurses and NHS staff work exceptionally hard to provide it.


“But sadly – Welsh Government incompetence means patients do not always get the standards they deserve.


“This situation must be sorted – and the Cabinet Secretary must take action to address it.”