Sharp rise in Welsh cancer patient care in England

The number of admissions of Welsh cancer patients to English hospitals has almost quadrupled from 2003 to 2013.

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Welsh Govt: Tories trying to 'talk Welsh NHS down'

The Welsh Government has accused the Tories of trying "to talk the Welsh NHS down."

It comes after it emerged yesterday that figures obtained by English Conservative MP Simon Burns showed that the number of Welsh cancer patients travelling to England had nearly quadrupled in the last decade.

This is yet another attempt by the Tories to talk the Welsh NHS down.We know Welsh cancer patients receive faster access to treatment overall than patients in England; survival rates are increasing faster than in any part of the UK and Wales is at the forefront of the global race to find a cure for cancer.

– Spokesperson for Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister

But Andrew RT Davies, the leader of the Welsh Conservatives, told ITV News the figures were a further sign of the "lamentable way" the Welsh NHS is run.

The number of Welsh cancer patients travelling to England for care has nearly quadrupled

The number of Welsh cancer patients travelling to England for treatment has nearly quadrupled in the last decade. Figures obtained by English Conservative MP Simon Burns shows that in 2003 - 2004 there were 4,298 admissions. By 2012 - 2013 that figure had reached 16,755.

The Welsh Government says these figures represent a small amount of the total cancer care for welsh patients, and that the vast majority receive treatment in Wales:

"There will be very strong clinical reasons why a patient will need to be treated in England. What remains most important, as set out in our Cancer Delivery Plan, is that Welsh patients receive treatment based on individual need.”

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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