Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today described new figures showing 1,000 fewer breast cancer patients in Scotland have started treatment in the last year as a "tragedy in the making".
According to Cancer Research UK, almost 1,000 fewer breast cancer patients in Scotland have started treatment in the last year, and an estimated 3,900 fewer people started treatment for all cancer types in Scotland.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
"These figures are much lower not because cancer magically became less common, but because of the lack of testing.
“While it is understandable that the pandemic had an impact on testing, it must be noted that the Scottish Government standard - that no one should be waiting more than six weeks for a diagnostic test - hasn’t been met for over ten years.
“This is a tragedy in the making. It's time for an NHS recovery plan to get our health service fighting fit and help people to recover from the pandemic."