Clinical - Medical - Faster Cancer Treatment
Requested by: NZ Herald | Response provided: 2019-04-10
Category: Medical, Hospital Capacity, Waiting Times
I write in response to your Official Information Act request, first received on 5 March 2019, and subsequently amended on 13 March 2019.
You requested the following information related to Cancer Wait-times,
•The average wait time for patients referred to the DHB with a high suspicion of cancer (alltumour streams) to receive a FSA (first specialist assessment), including the shortest andlongest individual wait time, month by month for the last 12 months.
•The average wait time for cancer patients (for all tumour streams) to receive their firsttreatment (or management), including the shortest and longest individual wait times, month by month for the last 12 months.
oFor your information, this request is designed to work out how long people are waiting for treatment; once it has been determined they have or are likely to havecancer.
•The number of people diagnosed with cancer after presenting to the Emergency Department, month by month for the last 12 months.
•A copy of the DHBs priority assessment protocol relating to cancer, for each tumour stream.
Our response is attached