England is going to give up on many of its cancer waiting time goals.

In England, the NHS plans to get rid of two-thirds of its cancer waiting time goals. This is part of a plan to find cancers earlier, says the health service.

NHS leaders want to cut the number of goals from nine to three because most of them haven’t been met in recent years.

They say that top cancer experts support the plan and that it will make the “outdated” rules easier to understand.

But the woman in charge of the organization Radiotherapy UK said she is “deeply worried.”

Pat Price, an oncologist and visiting professor at Imperial College London, said that the way things are going now is “shockingly bad.” He also said, “The clear and simple truth is that we are not investing enough in cancer treatment capacity.”

Changes have been talked about since last year, and a decision is due in the next few days. People in charge of the NHS want to move forward with the plan as it was first described, but it still needs to be approved by Health Secretary Steve Barclay.

Mr. Barclay told BBC Breakfast, “Right now, we’re having a consultation with leading cancer doctors and cancer charities to see if the checks we have are leading to the right results in terms of cancer survival or if there are better ways to measure those.”

“Clinicians who work with cancer are in charge of this. The government isn’t making them do it.”

There are three goals to reach:

diagnosis of cancer within 28 days of referral, starting treatment within two months of an urgent referral, and starting treatment one month after a choice to treat.
Six other goals, like a two-week wait for a first meeting with a consultant, will no longer be met.

A spokesperson for NHS England said, “Hundreds of people waiting to find out if they don’t have cancer or if they do have cancer could find out sooner if more patients are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible after a referral, and the outdated two-week wait target is replaced with the faster diagnosis standard that is already used across the country.”

They also said that the changes will make it possible for more people to be sent “straight to test” and for diagnostic technologies like artificial intelligence to be used more often.

England has a hospital waiting list of over 7.5 million people.
England is on track to miss a key cancer waiting time goal, and doctors say the NHS is having trouble giving safe cancer care.
Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary for Labour, said that the Conservatives were to blame for a crisis in cancer care and “dangerously long” wait times for patients.

“Sunak should work on shortening patient wait times instead of lowering standards,” he told the Sunday Times.

According to the most recent numbers, 59.2% of cancer patients in England who got their first treatment in June after an urgent request from their doctor had waited less than two months.

This was a little better than the month before, but it was still a long way from the goal of 85%, which was last met in 2015.

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