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  • Release date: 18 May 2016
  • Period covered: Quarter ending March 2016 and month ending March 2016
  • Next update: 15 June 2016
Monthly statistics on patients who have been newly diagnosed with cancer and started definitive treatment.

Data is released monthly on StatsWales. On a quarterly basis, we produce a report that includes the data for the previous three months, detailed commentary and information on the targets and any revisions.

Key points quarter ending March 2016

  • 86.3 per cent of patients (1,463 out of 1,695) newly diagnosed with cancer via the Urgent Suspected Cancer route started definitive treatment within the target time of 62 days. Between the quarters ending September 2008 and March 2011, this percentage was around the low to mid 90s. Since June 2011, apart from quarters ending December 2011 and December 2013, this percentage has remained below 90 per cent each quarter.
  • 97.4 per cent of patients (2,342 out of 2,404) who were newly diagnosed with cancer not via the Urgent route started definitive treatment within the target time of 31 days. The long term trend has been fairly static, fluctuating around 98 and 99 per cent from quarter ending September 2007 to quarter ending December 2012 and generally meeting the target. Since then it has been between 96 per cent and 99 per cent each quarter. In the last seven quarters it has been below 98 per cent.
  • At Local Health Board (LHB) level, two of the six LHBs met the target that at least 98 per cent of patients newly diagnosed with cancer not via the Urgent route should start definitive treatment within 31 days. None of the LHBs met the target that at least 95 per cent of patients newly diagnosed with cancer via the Urgent route should start definitive treatment within 62 days.

Key points month ending March 2016

  • 85.7 per cent of patients (486 out of 567) newly diagnosed with cancer via the Urgent Suspected Cancer route started definitive treatment within the target time of 62 days.
  • 97.7 per cent of patients (781 out of 799) who were newly diagnosed with cancer not via the Urgent route started definitive treatment within the target time of 31 days.
  • Two of the six LHBs met the target that at least 98 per cent of patients newly diagnosed with cancer not via the Urgent route should start definitive treatment within 31 days. None of the LHBs met the target that at least 95 per cent of patients newly diagnosed with cancer via the Urgent route should start definitive treatment within 62 days.

All figures relating to March 2016 are provisional. Note that there are small numbers in the monthly statistics; therefore care should be taken when interpreting percentages.

quality report is available that has information about the methodology, how the data (monthly and quarterly) is released, definitions, information on disclosure and details on how revisions to the data are handled.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 029 2082 3642
Email: stats.healthinfo@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Media
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