According to the latest available figures, less than 60% of cancer patients received cancer treatment within two months in Oldham. After the latest report, Ashton and Failsworth MP Angela Rayner started a campaign for an NHS rescue plan that more patients will receive cancer treatment.
Angele Rayner explained high risk for patients and said: “Ignoring the crisis now facing our NHS puts patients’ lives at risk. Over a decade of underfunding our NHS has left constituents in Oldham and Tameside waiting too long for treatment.”
Dr Jonathan Moise, medical director at The Royal Oldham Hospital, said: “We would like to offer our sincere apologies to patients that have had to wait longer than we would like for their treatment and, thank them for their patience and understanding during this difficult time.”
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We are supporting the health service to provide the very best care by investing more than £9.6 billion towards NHS recovery from Covid-19.”
“This includes funding to tackle waiting lists to help us bust the backlog and return to pre-pandemic levels and is on top of the long-term settlement which will see NHS funding increase by £33.9bn by 2023-24.”