Isle of Wight cancer patients are again being left in limbo, as the Isle of Wight NHS continues to miss urgent referral targets.

Patients are supposed to start receiving treatment for cancer within 2 months (62 days) of being diagnosed but in the year to date this has been achieved in just 73.7% of cases.

That falls more than 10% short of the national target.

Meanwhile last December, just over 90% of symptomatic breast referrals were seen within 2 weeks – the target is 93%.

As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, this is not the first time the targets have been missed.

According to the Isle of Wight NHS’ latest figures, improvements have been made in other areas, with the Trust claiming 100% of cancer patients who required it received subsequent surgery or chemotherapy within 31 days, in December 2018.