'Worrying' number of patients waiting for key tests

A charity has raised concerns about the rising numbers of patients waiting for key diagnostics tests which detect cancer and other diseases.

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Progress made on cancer care 'now at risk'

Responding to a charity's warning about the rising numbers of patients waiting for tests that detect cancer, Labour's shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said the country's cancer care is "at risk".

Labour's shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said 'All the progress made on cancer care in the last decade is now at risk' Credit: PA

"Patients are waiting longer for crucial tests - causing stress and real anguish for worried families," he said.

"Two weeks ago, the NHS missed the cancer treatment target for the first time ever and these delays have clearly played a part in that.

"All the progress made on cancer care in the last decade is now at risk."

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