Patients referred for breast cancer investigations at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg are facing long waiting times, averaging over nine weeks.
This delay is more than double the normal waiting time of four weeks at the hospital. The increase in referrals with confirmed "well-founded suspicion" of cancer has strained resources, particularly the shortage of breast radiologists, causing delays in diagnoses and treatment plans.
While some regions report minimal waiting times, others are experiencing delays due to shortages of radiographers and nurses. The government is concerned about unequal access to timely care and emphasizes the need for facilities to prioritize patients based on need.