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24/09/13 09:41

Cancer waiting times

Cancer treatment a top priority.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

“Treating cancer is a top priority for the Scottish Government and cancer survival across the country are improving all the time thanks to earlier diagnosis, advances in treatments and investment in staff and equipment.

“This is against a backdrop of more Scots being diagnosed – with an increase of 4,000 patients treated under the 62 day target since 2007 – due to the successes of our national bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening programmes.

“But there is absolutely no room for complacency when it comes to cancer and we continue to closely scrutinise performance across NHS Scotland and action plans are required from NHS Boards where there are challenges to sustained delivery against the waiting times standard.

“While this Government has reduced waiting times to record low levels we know there is more still to do.

“Even more lives can be saved in Scotland through earlier detection. That is why we are investing £30 million over three years in the Detect Cancer Early programme to help improve survival rates and ensure that patients requiring urgent treatment have swift access to the full range of services they need.”