Monthly Archives: March 2017

Cancer services failing some patients as targets missed again, charity warns

<!– –> CANCER services in Northern Ireland are failing some patients, a charity has warned. New figures show that just 68.6 per cent of patients began treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral last December – far below the 95 per cent target. This was up from 65.6 per cent in October, but down from 72.2 per cent in December 2015. All health trusts missed the target for the quarter, which has never been met. Meanwhile, a target for all urgent breast cancer referrals to receive an assessment by a specialist within 14 days was also missed. A total of 91.4 per cent of patients were seen in the two-week timeframe in December – down from 99.4 per cent in October but up from just 49.5 per cent a year earlier. Cancer Research UK said the Department of Health figures show a “consistent inability” to meet targets, and called … Continue reading

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UUP Raises Concerns For Cancer Patients

The UUP has raised concerns for cancer patients after recent statistics revealed waiting times had not been reached. UUP spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, was speaking after the latest publication of cancer waiting time figures by the Department of Health. Mr Beggs said: “Whilst it is clearly a failure of policy that not one of the three cancer targets have been met at any stage over any of the last three months, the bigger tragedy is what this meant for the patients concerned. “Cancer is a disease that cruelly thrives during a period of vacuum, so the sooner it is detected and treatment begins, the better the chance patients have of a successful outcome. The revelation that compared to the target of 95%, only 68.6% of patients in December 2016 actually commenced first treatment within 62 days following an urgent referral for suspect cancer, is simply inexcusable. It represented a further … Continue reading

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O’Neill ‘putting Sinn Fein before cancer patients’

DUP MLA Edwin Poots has accused Sinn Fein leader Michelle O’Neill of putting her party before the needs of cancer patients in Northern Ireland. New figures have revealed that the government’s targets for cancer waiting times have once again been missed. The report, published by the Department of Health, shows that in December only 68.6% of patients with an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer started their treatment within 62 days. This represents a significant drop from the 72.2% of patients who started treatment in December 2015. The government target is 95% . The figures also show a sharp fall in the number of women first seen within 14 days of an urgent referral for suspected breast cancer during the last quarter, with 99.4% in October 2016 compared to 91.4% in December. Mr Poots hit out at former health minister Ms O’Neill, accusing her of walking away from growing waiting … Continue reading

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Five-year delay for RVH critical care building

The revelation that a £150m critical care building in Belfast remains largely closed to the public five years after it was due to open has been met with shock and outrage by politicians. The state-of-the-art facility at the Royal Victoria Hospital was due to open its doors in 2012. But the BBC has reported that 10 of the 12 floors of the high-rise building are still awaiting patients and staff. Despite the huge investment in the facility, it is understood that millions of pounds are needed to make the building fit for purpose. The facility was hailed as a “beacon” for the local construction industry, but it has been plagued with delays. According to the BBC, a raft of construction problems have held up completion of the building, including plumbing, waste and electrical systems. East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs said the Belfast Health Trust, which has responsibility for the building, … Continue reading

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Cancer patients coming to harm – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that cancer patients are continuing to come to harm as a result of the unprecedented waiting times crisis in the local health service. He was speaking after the latest publication of cancer waiting times statistics by the Department of Health. Roy Beggs said: “Whilst it is clearly a failure of policy that not one of the three cancer targets have been met at any stage over any of the last three months, the bigger tragedy is what this meant for the patients concerned. “Cancer is a disease that cruelly thrives during a period of vacuum, so the sooner it is detected and treatment begins, the better the chance patients have of a successful outcome. The revelation that compared to the target of 95%, only 68.6% of patients in December 2016 actually commenced first treatment within 62 days following an urgent referral … Continue reading

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