13 March 2018
North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald met Cancer Research UK at Scottish Labour party conference in Dundee at the weekend, to learn about the charity’s priorities for beating cancer sooner in Scotland.
Lewis said :
“Cancer has a huge effect on families in the North East, so it has been fantastic to meet with the Cancer Research UK team to hear more about their priorities for diagnosing patients sooner.”
“I fully support Cancer Research UK’s latest campaign, which urges the Scottish Government to address shortages in the diagnostic workforce in Scotland.
“The earlier a cancer is diagnosed the more likely it is to be treated successfully, and that is good news for patients and their families.”
Gregor McNie, Head of External Affairs at Cancer Research UK, said: “Scottish statistics paint a picture of a service struggling to keep up with growing demand.
“Waiting to find out if you do or don’t have cancer can cause huge anxiety to patients.
“Staff shortages are partly to blame and the recent initiative to recruit more radiologists will go some way to alleviate current pressures.
“But a more urgent plan for all diagnostic staff is also needed. This could include upskilling some workers, introducing flexible contracts to retain consultants considering retirement, as well as offering incentives for skilled staff to work in health board areas where shortages are particularly acute.”