The failure of the Welsh Government to ensure that Health Boards meet their cancer care targets highlights the need for a National Cancer Plan. That is the message of Plaid Cymru as it responds to figures which show that only one Health Board in Wales has managed to meet its target for treating urgent cancer cases on a regular basis.
The party’s spokesperson on Health Elin Jones said that this showed that the Welsh Government is taking its eye off the ball when it comes to the health service, and that it should be actively working with Health Boards to ensure that they all regularly meet their targets.
With the exception of Aneurin Bevan Health Boards, each Health Board in Wales has missed the target of treating 95% of urgent cancer cases within the 62 day timeframe.
The Party of Wales Shadow Health Minister Elin Jones said:
"A cancer diagnosis is always frightening and uncertain, and it is important that sufferers are treated as quickly as possible. It’s therefore clear that the Welsh Government needs to do much more to help these vulnerable patients and ensure that they have prompt access to the care they need.
"Plaid Cymru has long called for a National Cancer Plan to ensure that patients receive consistent care throughout the illness. A Plaid Cymru government would ensure that patients are supported from diagnosis through to treatment and beyond.
"The Health Minister has himself admitted that the cancer delivery plans produced by some Health Boards have not been up to scratch, and Plaid Cymru wants to see the Minister take a much more pro-active role in ensuring that these patients get the care they deserve."