SOLDIERS are waiting longer than civilians to see a breast cancer specialist, figures suggest. Military personnel were "significantly" less likely to be seen within two weeks of an urgent referral . The Armed Forces Covenant report found that fewer than two-thirds of military patients were seen within the 14-day target set by the NHS in England. That compares with more than three-quarters of the public. The covenant is the Government's promise that military personnel and their families "should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services". Defence Secretary Ben Wallace insisted doing right by the Armed Forces is "now business as usual". But Labour claims frontline forces are being failed. Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey said: "It's totally wrong when military personnel needing cancer treatment wait even longer than civilians." He said ministers "must get a grip and reverse the ever-rising waiting times for cancer treatment". Most read in The Sun BGT PAY WAR BGT in bitter pay row as Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon won't sign contracts PC FUMING Cop who Jessie Wallace kneed in groin QUITS after she’s given slap on wrist FLIGHT ‘BOMB’ BOMB threat on Ryanair flight with more… Read full this story
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