Majority have only short waiting time for cancer surgery

The report by the National Health Performance Authority released last week showed more than 90% of patients received surgery within 30 days.

Nationally in 2011–12, among 12,699 planned operations, 1090 patients waited longer than 30 days, with 383 individuals waiting longer than 45 days. Australia has no maximum acceptable waiting times, the report said.

The median time to surgery for breast and bowel cancers does not vary between major metropolitan and major regional hospitals, it showed.