HC Deb 01 February 2000 vol 343 cc568-9W
Ms Perham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women with suspected breast cancer waited to see a consultant for(a) two, (b) three, (c) four, (d) five, (e) six, (f) seven and (g) eight weeks in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will provide this information in respect of the age groups (i) under 29, (ii) 30 to 49, (iii) 50 to 64, (iv) 65 to 74, (v) 75 to 84 and (vi) 85 years and over. [105067]

Mr. Denham

The information is not available centrally in the form requested. In the three months ending 30 September 1999, 95 per cent. of patients with suspected breast cancer were seen for their first outpatient appointment within two weeks of their GP deciding they should be referred urgently and the National Health Service trust receiving the referral within 24 hours.