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Cancer waiting times 'at worst level ever' in England

13/09/2018

The key cancer target has been missed by a record margin in England, figures show.

Patients who are given an urgent referral by their GP are meant to start treatment within 62 days.

But in July, 78.2% were seen in that timeframe, the worst performance since records began in October 2009. It means more than 3,000 people waited longer than two months for treatment to begin.

The target for the NHS is 85%, which was last hit in December 2015.

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