Missed NHS cancer targets likely to increase demand for PMI
Pressure on the NHS to deliver on cancer targets is likely to increase demand by employees for Private Medical insurance (PMI).PMI is a popular staff benefit and with increased press coverage on the delivery of cancer care a good quality medical insurance is an important part of an employee benefits package.
The most recent focus on missed cancer targets has been highlighted by charity, Macmillan, who have revealed that the NHS has missed cancer treatment targets for three years.
Macmillan Cancer Support says this “‘dismal anniversary’ is yet another sign of pressure on the NHS”
Macmillan confirms that more cancer patients in England are facing delays for their treatment than three years ago, with 1 in 6 (17%) now waiting beyond the official NHS target*, according to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Analysis by the charity of NHS cancer waiting times data, reveals that:
Macmillan says treatment delays and cancelled operations are evidence of a system under pressure and a struggling cancer workforce.
Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “This dismal “anniversary” of breached cancer waiting times is yet another sign of pressure on the NHS. Everyone is suffering. Patients are waiting too long for treatment and it’s leaving them anxious and depressed. Many healthcare professionals are feeling overstretched with their morale on the floor.
You can read the full Macmillan press release here.
* Refers to the 62-day cancer waiting times target. NHS England. Cancer waiting times – National Time Series Oct 2009 – December 2016 (Provider based) https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/02/Cancer-Waiting-Times-National-Time-Series-Oct-2009-December-2016-Provider-based.xlsx (Accessed February 2017)
** As reference i. The number of people referred through the urgent two-week-wait referral pathway has increased at a steady rate since at least 2010:
*** The total number of people who waited for more than 62 days was 1.8 times greater in 2016 compared with 2011 (25,157 compared with 14,201)
More information on the work undertaken by Macmillan can be found here.
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