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£100 million strategy to beat cancer

March 15, 2016


A £100 million strategy to tackle cancer by improving prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and after care, has been launched by Health Secretary Shona Robison.

Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action, will serve as the blueprint for cancer care in Scotland over the next five to ten years.

The plan contains more than 50 actions, including:

  • £50 million for radiotherapy equipment and to support radiotherapy recruitment and training

  • £9 million over five years to ensure better support for people with cancer and their families, for example, through Link Workers and other initiatives like Macmillan’s Improving the Cancer Journey

  • £5 million to target reducing inequalities in screening uptake

  • £7.5 million to support improvements in surgical treatments

  • An additional £10 million to support swift access to diagnostics for people with suspected cancer

  • £3.5 million to drive improvements across the palliative care sector and to support targeted action on training and education

  • £5 million to support waiting times performance










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