According to the first government study of its kind, just 15 trusts match the highest survival rates in Europe for patients suffering from the three most common forms of the disease.
The study shows that only one out of England’s 152 NHS trusts matches the “international benchmark” rates for surviving colorectal cancer. One other is achieving the same standard for lung cancer, while 13 trusts have recorded “good” survival rates for breast cancer.
However, the 137 other trusts have failed to achieve the same level, the figures indicate.
Although ministers claim to have made great improvements in cancer care since Labour came to power, the statistics suggest England is significantly lagging behind Europe.