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Assembly Member expresses concern at ABMU’s poor performance on cancer waiting times

The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has expressed his concern and disappointment at the decline in the number of urgent cancer patients being seen within 62 days in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area.

The latest figures show that only 81.6% of cancer patients being treated by the ABMU Health Board were seen within 62 days, a decrease from 85.2% in June and downs from 82.8% in July 2014.  The Welsh Government target is 95%.

Not a single Welsh health board met the 95% target for urgent cancer patients. On a Wales-wide basis, this target has still not been met since 2008.

Commenting on the figures, Mr. Black said: “I am very disappointed by this performance. Cancer is an awful disease and survival rates often depend on quick identification and treatment. That our local health board is not delivering the quick attention required by the Welsh Government means that they are letting down many families who are depending on them for that treatment.

“If the Welsh Labour Government was implementing its Cancer Delivery Plan effectively, we should be seeing a steady rise in patients being treated in a timely manner across all parts of Wales. There appears to be a lack of leadership by Welsh Labour Ministers on cancer services.

“And these figures are just the tip of the iceberg. With youth mental health services in crisis and the worst ambulance response times in the UK, it’s clear that the problems in our health service run deep. These problems are far more important than party politics, and we need to get round the table and sort them out.”

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