The Scottish Government has said that a new plan to remobilise NHS cancer care is set to put the experience of patients at its heart. It will focus on improving services and ensuring that all patients have access to the best possible treatments.
New positive measures used in response to COVID-19 will be maintained. They include more use of video technology, nationally consistent approaches to prioritisation, innovative triage techniques, and quicker decision making in new treatment options.
The recovery plan will be led by clinical leaders and speciality advisers and will align with the NHS Remobilise, Recover and Re-design framework.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:
“Throughout this pandemic NHS Scotland has remained open, continuing to provide emergency and urgent cancer treatment, as well as maintaining COVID-19 capacity and resilience.
“We have been able to drive forward welcome reforms at pace and take new innovative approaches. We now need to embed these changes for the long term.
“The plan will continue the momentum of these approaches to service improvement, ensure patients have the best available treatment and care across Scotland, and make sure that our diagnostic pathways for people who may have cancer are as smooth and timely as possible.
“Understanding and improving the experience of patients will be at the centre of this plan – and the safety of patients and staff will continue to be our priority.”
Chair of the Scottish Cancer Coalition Claire Donaghy said:
“The Scottish Cancer Coalition have been concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on cancer services and are pleased to hear the announcement that the Scottish Government are going to develop a cancer recovery plan.
“Members of the coalition presented their priorities for cancer services recovery to the Scottish Government earlier this month, and are encouraged to know that this has informed the Cabinet Secretary’s advice to progress with a recovery plan. We are looking forward to engaging further in the development of this plan in the coming weeks.”
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