Cancer charities have rallied to reduce the length of time patients are having to wait for key diagnostic tests in the United Kingdom, writes BBC.

The latest statistics, which were released on Tuesday morning, showed that total of 77,256 patients in Scotland were waiting for one of the eight key diagnostic tests and investigations covered by the six-week target in December of last year.

This was 19% more than were on the waiting list on 31 December 2016 and 47.6% more than in December 2015.