News in brief – cancer waiting lists behind target, church holding summer event

MSP Jackie Baillie has expressed her disappointment after new figures revealed cancer waiting times targets have been missed again in her Dumbarton constituency.

Official figures published last week show NHS Highland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde both failed to meet a crucial target designed to cut treatment waiting times for cancer patients.

In the quarter ending March 31, only 90% of patients in NHS Highland and 91% in NHS Glasgow Greater Glasgow and Clyde received cancer treatment within the first two months of referral.

The Scottish Government said that 95% of patients urgently referred with a suspicion of cancer would receive treatment within 62 days.

However performance has actually decreased in both local health boards over the past year, with some cancer patients waiting over five months for treatment in NHS Highland and four months in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in the worst cases.

Jackie said: “It is disappointing that once again these vital targets are not being met. Finding out you have cancer is hard enough so it is unacceptable that nine out of ten people are having to wait over two months for treatment to start.

“These targets were supposed to guarantee cancer patients no more than a 62 day wait between referral and treatment. But the figures show that the situation has actually got even worse than at this point last year.”

Craigrownie Parish Church is holding its annual summer fete this Saturday, July 5.

The event in Cove Burgh Hall starts at 2pm and stalls will include baking, tombola, preserves, bric-a-brac, books, fresh fruit and veg, plants, jewellery and nice things/nearly new.

There will also be a tea-room serving cream teas, a raffle for a food hamper and a lucky dip for the children.

If anyone would like to donate to any of the above stalls, the hall will be open to receive them on Saturday from 10am to noon, or contact Jeanette Caldwell 01436 842184.