Latest radiation treatment statistics released by the Ministry of Health show a reduction in waiting times. Ministry of Health spokesperson Dr Rob Buist says all six cancer centres reported improved waiting times in June.
The biggest reduction was in Auckland, where 2% of patients waited more than six weeks, compared with 27% in May and 59% in January. Delays mainly occur between assessment and starting treatment, due to a shortage of radiation specialists.
However, in Waikato, the delays mainly occur between referral and assessment by a specialist. The ministry is concerned about the issue and is in discussions with the New Zealand Cancer Treatment Working Party.