Since last six weeks, 5,795 people have been waiting for MRI scans, ultrasounds and other tests to diagnose the presence of cancer or any other life-threatening diseases.
The Department of Health has planned to cut short the waiting time for the diagnosis tests from two weeks to one week.
On Sunday, Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary said, "The Coalition never committed to a one week target because there is not enough clinical evidence to support it.”
Earlier, the hospitals were facing enormous pressure to meet the deadline of 18 weeks from the patients. Later on the Coalition government has increased the dead line. In June 3,109 patients have been waiting while this list jumped to 5,795 in August.
The test includes colposcopies, test to detect cervical cancer; detection of by bowel cancer using barium enemas, MRI and CT scans to detect tumours, and echocardiograms, used to trace heart disease.
Mike Hobday, head of policy at Macmillan Cancer Support has reacted to this very furiously and said that’s it’s just like a hell waiting for these tests, once the patient has been asked to get these tests done.
Katherine Murphy, from the Patients Association has objected to this delay saying that the delay in the tests shortens patient’s life.