The Scottish Government has provided an update on its 2016 plan: Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action.
Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, said in her introduction to the update:
“The very thorough report of the cross-party group in January 2019 found that the vast majority of the strategy’s actions were either on track or complete. I agreed with these findings and wanted to take the opportunity to look at what work now needs to be taken forward to build on the significant progress we have made.”
The update explains that Scotland has achieved some significant victories, including reducing mortality across all cancer types. The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine has been successful in reducing cervical cancer, and new treatments and surgeries are becoming used in the NHS frequently.
53 actions for the next phase of the plan are listed in the update, including:
- “We will make progress to remove smoking from more public places, such as around hospitals; and restrict the advertising and marketing of electronic cigarettes
- We are consulting on actions around restricting alcohol marketing
- A further £9.9 million has been made available to specifically target improvement in cancer and diagnostic waiting times”
Read the full update here.