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A&E, RTT and cancer waits - January 2018: explore the maps

NHS waiting lists around England, updated for January 2018.


Flagship cancer fund underspent amid uncertainty over its future

NHS England’s flagship cancer drugs fund had spent just over a quarter of its budget halfway through this financial year, amid questions over its long term future.

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Analysis: The areas struggling most with cancer targets

Cancer patients in three counties are at greater risk of death than elsewhere in the country because of slow referrals and late diagnosis, official data reveals.

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A&E, RTT and cancer waits - December 2017: explore the maps

NHS waiting lists around England, updated for December 2017.

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RTT, cancer and A&E waits - November 2017: explore the maps

NHS waiting lists around England, updated for November 2017.

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Exclusive: Government warned not to repeat mistakes

Dame Fiona Caldicott has warned the government that too many exceptions to the new patient data opt out scheme risk repeating the failings of

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Exclusive: Cancer workforce shortages having ‘direct’ impact on patient care

Workforce shortages across cancer care are having a direct impact on the treatment of patients, Cancer Research UK has warned ahead of the publication of a major NHS workforce strategy for the sector.

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NHS England: Waiting targets will be missed without cuts to other services

NHS England has warned that elective waiting time standards “will not be fully funded and met” next year unless there are cuts to services such as mental health, cancer and primary care.

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Exclusive: National radiology review launched over 'significant backlog' fears

The Care Quality Commission has launched a national review of radiology capacity after it found “significant backlogs of radiology reporting in some trusts.”

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Public health data to be shifted to NHS 'safe haven'

Public Health England could move potentially millions of patients’ personal data to an NHS “safe haven” – but will likely retain control of the cancer registry for now, the Department of Health has said.


RTT, cancer and A&E waits - September 2017: explore the maps

NHS waiting lists around England, updated for September 2017.


Stevens: Waiting list will hit 5 million by 2021 without extra money

The elective waiting list will balloon to 5 million patients by 2021 and ambitions to improve mental health and cancer care will be jeopardised unless the NHS gets a major funding boost in line with pre-2010 increases, Simon Stevens has warned.

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NHS told to 'get serious' as full impact of cyberattack revealed

An investigation into the unprecedented WannaCry cyberattack on the NHS has revealed more than 130 urgent cancer referrals were cancelled and more than 1,000 medical devices were infected.

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Last minute talks fail to stop trust pulling doctors from neighbour hospitals

A major teaching trust is pulling its oncology consultants out of two neighbouring hospitals because of longstanding concerns about their “operational standards” – meaning the service will close this month.

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Exclusive: Patient record opt-outs risk blocking improvements in cancer care

The UK’s two leading cancer charities have written to Jeremy Hunt to raise concerns that changes to patient data opt-outs may put at risk the ability to deliver a cornerstone of the national cancer strategy.


'Political' NHS targets may damage care quality, warns national report

A senior clinician leading a national drive against unwarranted variation in the NHS says cancer targets and surgeon mortality rates are “politically derived measures” that may reduce care quality.

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Trust and royal college raise concerns over drug savings drive

An outstanding-rated trust and a royal college have said NHS England would be doing a “disservice” to patients if it withdraws “unique” pain medication under its new savings plan.

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Flagship £690m cancer procurement abandoned over financial fears

A controversial tender for cancer services in Staffordshire worth £687m has been abandoned after a consortium led by a private provider failed to convince commissioners its offer was financially viable.

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Elective waits will not recover until 2019, says Stevens

NHS England has acknowledged that the service is unlikely to hit the 18 week elective waiting time target in the next two years.


Exclusive: Next STF payments depend solely on financial performance

NHS trusts will not be penalised for missing waiting targets in the last three months of 2016-17, as part of new efforts to curb the financial deficit.