ANGUS MACDONALD WELCOMES CANCER WAITING TIMES PROGRESS
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:01
TARGETS CONTINUE TO BE MET
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed statistics that show 95.9 per cent of Forth Valley patients suspected to have cancer started treatment within the target time of 62 days.
Angus MacDonald hailed the statistics that showed cancer waiting times target of 95% in Scotland continues to be met saying:
“The hard work and effort of our NHS staff in delivering these fantastic statistics should be praised. It is testament to this hard work that Forth Valley Health Board has reached 95.9%
We know how important it is to cut waiting times to see a cancer specialist, so I’m delighted we passed our target of 95% ahead of schedule last year.
The SNP Government is working hard to improve cancer survival which is why we launched our £30 million Detect Cancer Early programme.
This fund aims to diagnose cancers earlier and treat patients when less aggressive treatment is required.
Thousands of Scots are affected by cancer and that is why the SNP Government has taken steps to ensure that patients are seen by doctors and specialists as quickly as possible.”