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NHS hospital 'playing games' with cancer waiting times

An NHS hospital has been accused of “playing games” with waiting times for cancer examinations, as new figures show that more people are enduring delays before receiving important tests.

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is telling GPs that if patients cannot attend a specific appointment for cancer checks within the recommended two weeks, they should hold off making the referral.

The tactic could mean that those with suspected tumours have to wait longer before they can be seen by a specialist, but it will stop the hospital missing a Government target for carrying out initial cancer tests within a fortnight. More