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Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said: “Years of underfunding and abject failure to invest in the frontline doctors and nurses we need means Theresa May is letting down cancer patients.

“Now we know the astonishing truth that some patients are waiting a year or more just to get treatment. It’s simply not good enough.”

He added: “With cancer targets repeatedly missed and with the ongoing scandal in breast screening it adds to the sense that the Government is losing control of cancer care in this country.”

Andrew Kaye, head of policy at Macmillan Cancer Support said it was “shocking” that a cancer patient had to wait 541 days for treatment.

He added: “These findings show that despite the tireless work of doctors and nurses, it appears that some cancer patients are still enduring shockingly long waits to start treatment.

“Long delays can put people under incredible stress at an already difficult time and could also mean that someone’s health could take a turn for the worse.

“Such figures underline how vital it is that the Government supports the NHS to improve waiting times this year.”
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