The Scottish Government has announced a further £8 million funding for cancer staff and services, with £4.8 million to be directed towards diagnostic services such as additional CT and MRI scans.
This funding aims to improve waiting times as part of the £850 million Waiting Times Improvement Plan, as there have been 57% more urgent cancer referrals since 2010.
Scottish Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, commented that:
“Waiting on diagnostic tests can be a worrying experience, particularly if there is a suspicion of cancer. It’s vital that people get a result as quickly as possible.
“That is why I launched our £850 million Waiting Times Improvement Plan last year, directing significant investment into substantial and sustainable improvement including diagnostics, which is crucial for cancer care.
“The immediate focus of the Improvement Plan is to reduce waits for patients whose treatment is urgent and this £8.2 million will support health boards in achieving this vital requirement by spring 2021.”
Find out more from the Scottish Government’s announcement here.