Some good news for a change! For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the 62-day cancer backlog fell year-on-year, with those waiting two months or more for treatment down from 21,823 at the end of the last financial year (March 2022) to 19,248 at the end of this March (2023). This is down almost 15,000 from a peak of 34,000 in July 2022.

The figure fell by over 900 per week on average through the first three months of 2023, despite urgent suspected cancer referrals continuing to run at record high levels for the last two years.

See the NHS press release here