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Improving cancer diagnosis and treatment in Scotland

27 September, 2017

A new delivery group has been set-up to drive improvements in waiting times for diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients in Scotland.

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

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

The 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.

The cabinet secretary has also announced an additional £3million to increase the number of radiology trainees in Scotland by at least 50 over the next five years.

Ms Robison said, “The average wait for cancer treatment is six 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.”

The first meeting of the new clinical delivery group will take place in early October.

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The 2015-16 Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey

qFit testing

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