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World Cancer Day 2024 – do you have a claim?

World Cancer Day  occurs every year on 4th February and acts as an international day to share information, educate, work towards finding treatments and raise awareness.

Whilst several charities worldwide hold events and create resources to fund research into the disease every year, the Union for International Cancer Control (pioneers of World Cancer Day) consistently calls on governments to promote health equity, enhance service accessibility and reduce disparities in diagnoses and morality.

In the UK, following the announcement that King Charles is currently undergoing cancer treatment (February 2024), it was revealed that the NHS recorded its worst ever cancer waiting times in the past year.

In 2023, more than 100,000 patients waited longer than necessary for life-saving cancer care, the longest ever recorded. More specifically, the target for the proportion of patients undergoing their definitive treatment for cancer within 62 days from their urgent referral is 85%. Currently, the number is 65.2%.

As NHS waiting times increase, a record number of people in the UK have opted to pay for their care privately. According to the Private Healthcare Information Network, 282,560 people funded their chemotherapy through insurance between 2018 and 2023 and 13,900 paid for their own treatment.

It is expected that these figures will continue to increase. In November 2023 only 1 in 10 people received treatment within 31 days of their cancer being found and a decision being made for treatment.

A spokesperson for the NHS said, “amid record pressures and the impact of a year of industrial action, NHS staff continue to work hard to prioritise the longest waiters and most urgent cases”.

In addition to extensive cancer waiting times, the entire NHS is seeing continued strain relating to several departments, with 30% of patients waiting longer than the target time of four hours in A&E in January 2024.

For more on extensive NHS waiting times, please read our previous articles:

Delayed cancer treatment claims

One in two people in the UK develop some form of cancer in their lifetime. Whether because of occupational hazards, lifestyle or otherwise, obtaining treatment promptly, no matter the severity of the diagnosis, is vital.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and have not received the appropriate treatment, which has adversely affected your health, as a result of misdiagnosis or an extensive delay in treatment, you may have a medical negligence claim and be entitled to receive compensation.

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