In October 2014 the NZ Ministry of Health introduced a new health target: Faster Cancer Treatment (FCT). This target states that by July 2016, 85% of patients receive their first cancer treatment (or other management) within 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer and needing to be seen within two weeks. The first publicised reporting period July – Dec 2014 showed none of the District Health Board’s (DHBs) met the faster cancer treatment target, see the table on the right. Our DHB, Counties Manukau Health (CMH), was one of the worst performing DHBs in the country with only 52% of patients receiving treatment by the target of 62 days. In response CMH formed a working team of the Service Manager for Medicine, the Lead Cancer Nurse Co-ordinator and Improvement Advisors from Ko Awatea. This team was deployed to working with cancer pathways and diagnostic services to support these areas to make improvements that would deliver more timely diagnosis and treatment, as well as reduce the variability.
Counties Manukau Health