There are 1.2 million patients on waiting lists for diagnostic scans and tests, 135,000 more than last July when the government’s flagship diagnostic center program began, the Mirror has learned
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Another 135,000 patients are awaiting cancer tests and scans since the government’s flagship diagnostic center program was launched.
The Labor Party obtained NHS figures showing 1.2million patients are on waiting lists for diagnostic scans and tests, 135,000 more than in July last year when the scheme began.
About 90 Community Diagnostic Centers (CDCs) provide MRI, CT and other services closer to patients’ homes at locations in communities ranging from shopping malls to soccer stadiums.
The data suggests the centers are not showing enough evidence to deal with the backlog of patients presenting with symptoms that have delayed doing so due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Union leader Keir Starmer said: “For over a decade, waiting times for cancer treatment have been increasing. The Prime Minister’s solution was supposed to be diagnostic centers, but since they opened last year, an additional 135,000 people are now awaiting scans and tests.
“Cabinet members admit Conservatives left our health system “defective and inadequate” when the pandemic hit.
“The Prime Minister has been in power for three years and things are getting worse, not better.”
His comments come after a row between Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and ex-Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over his opposition to Boris Johnson remaining as Prime Minister.
Ms Dorries tweeted this week: “Your six years of preparedness for a pandemic as Health Secretary was found wanting and inadequate.”
NHS England aims to build a network of up to 160 diagnostic centers across the country.
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Labor has highlighted the watering down of key NHS waiting time standards under the Tories.
Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting said: “24 Hours in A+E used to be a television programme; now it is the policy of this government.
“I know from experience that when it comes to cancer, every second counts.
“Conservatives say they are waging war on cancer but they spent the decade leading up to the pandemic disarming our NHS.
“Labor will provide the staff, equipment and modern technology needed to future-proof our NHS and get patients treated on time.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/nhs-waiting-lists-continue-soar-27183832 NHS waiting lists continue to rise despite the launch of the Tories' flagship cancer centre