Scotland’s £100m cancer strategy ‘sets out strong ambitions’ says Cancer Research UK
The Scottish government’s new £100m strategy to tackle cancer has been welcomed by leading charity Cancer Research UK.
Health secretary Shona Robison launched the new five to ten-year strategy at a publicity event by the charity at the east end of Princes Street in Edinburgh today, where she was joined by cancer survivor Rosa Macpherson from Alloa. (pictured)
More than 50 measures in tackling cancer rates and treatment in Scotland are outlined in the document, including staff training, £50m in state of the art radiotherapy equipment and measures to improve early diagnosis.
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A further £9m has been allocated to provide link workers to support patients and their families.
The plan was due to be published over a year ago, during which time questions had been raised about access to treatments for those in more remote areas. It is thought the funding for new equipment will help to address this.
Robison said the strategy would improve outcomes and tackle health inequalities.
Cancer Research UK’s Gregor McNie said: “Scotland’s cancer survival still lags behind its UK and European neighbours and this strategy sets out strong ambitions and investment to help tackle this.
“The continued focus on early diagnosis is vital – funds to make sure all patients get the diagnostic tests they need should ensure they are treated without delay.
“New money for radiotherapy, including expansion of the workforce, will address the unfulfilled potential of Scotland’s world-class equipment, so that no patient misses out on effective treatment.
“But as more people get cancer, we need action to prevent the disease and brave new measures will be needed over the coming years.
“Overall, the commitments outlined in this strategy are good news for patients, and we’ll closely monitor their implementation to make sure they become a reality.”