Thousands of cancer patients forced to wait more than the two-week NHS target to see a specialist

More than 100,000 people suspected of having cancer have been forced to wait over two weeks to be seen by a specialist. New figures show that 132,138 patients in England were not seen within the required 14-day target to see a specialist or 31-day target to start treatment, last year. Patients with suspected cancer are urgently referred to an oncology specialist by their GP with most expected to be seen within two weeks. They are then meant to start treatment such as surgery or radiotherapy within 31 days after being diagnosed, or 62 days after initial consultations and tests.
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