Scottish referral guidelines for suspected cancer

Guidelines to support primary care clinicians in identifying patients who are most likely to have cancer and therefore require urgent assessment by a specialist. Equally, they help in identifying patients who are unlikely to have cancer, embedding safety netting as a diagnostic support tool.

Appendix 6: Equality and Diversity

The Scottish Government and Healthcare Improvement Scotland are committed to equality and diversity in respect of the nine equality groups defined by age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

The guidelines development process has been assessed and the guidelines are expected to have a positive impact on certain age groups (depending on the tumour type) and more deprived populations in Scotland. The completed equality and diversity checklist is available on

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