Funding for Cancer Services in Scotland

£2.85m to reduce waits for diagnostic tests.

Health Secretary Shona Robison has announced £2.85 million funding to help improve cancer services so that patients are seen more quickly.

The investment will be directed to health boards to reduce waiting times, particularly to speed up access to diagnostic tests. Discussions are currently being held with the boards to determine the most effective way to spend the money.

The number of people being diagnosed with cancer has increased in recent years, mainly due to the ageing population. Better treatment has also meant more people are cured than ever before, and more are living longer with the disease.

The work will complement the Scottish Government’s £100 million cancer strategy, which aims to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment over the next ten years.

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Published 29. June 2017 in News UK