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Improving cancer diagnosis and treatment

Tuesday September 26th, 2017

A new delivery group will drive forward improvements in waiting times for diagnosis and treatment for cancer patients in Scotland (September 26th).Government Opportunities

Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP will chair the group, which will include clinicians, cancer coalition representatives, and staff from NHS Boards who are leading best practice.

£1 million of new funding will support the group’s efforts to improve diagnostic performance across the country.

Their initial focus will be on accelerating the roll-out of innovative early cancer detection measures, including qFit testing, to enable faster early diagnosis and ensure boards can work more effectively together to use of the latest technology available across the country.

Alongside this, the Cabinet Secretary has also announced an additional £3 million to increase the number of radiology trainees in Scotland by at least fifty over the next five years.

Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP said:

“While it is encouraging that figures in a report released today show that 94% of cancer patients in Scotland had a positive experience during their treatment and care, I’m determined to go further. Today I’m setting out a number of steps to help realise this.

I am establishing a short-life working group to drive forward improvements, starting with the diagnostic phase and making recommendation on the expansion of the innovative qFit programme.

Additional funding of £1 million will be deployed to roll-out new technology which would allow consultants to report on diagnostic scans taken anywhere in the country – helping address short-falls in capacity in some areas. This new investment comes in addition to the on-going Cancer Strategy.

I am also pleased to announce £3 million will be invested to increase the number of additional radiology trainees by at least fifty over the next five years.

The average wait for cancer treatment is 6 days currently. However, some waits are too long and the new delivery group will report back to me in early 2018 with recommendations to enhance cancer diagnosis and treatment going forward.”

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