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Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action

Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

ISBN: 9781786521255

The Scottish Government's new cancer strategy published in March 2016. The strategy contains more than 50 actions to improve cancer services across Scotland.

Executive Summary

The Scottish Government's new cancer strategy published on 15 March 2016.

A £100 million strategy to tackle cancer by improving prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and after care for those affected.

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

The strategy 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