Data is collected on a weekly basis from hospitals on patients waiting more than 62 days following an urgent suspected cancer referral. This includes patients waiting for treatment, and those who are on a cancer pathway and who will not have cancer but are waiting for this to be ruled out. This is referred to as the ‘Backlog of patients waiting longer than 62 days from an urgent referral for suspected cancer’. The data collected is classified as management information. No revisions have been made to the dataset. Any analysis of the data should be undertaken with this in mind. Note that whilst this data is collected weekly, it is published monthly.
Next publication Thursday 11 March 2021 for data to end of January 2021.