Alex Cole-Hamilton calls for urgent boost to cancer support services

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called on SNP Ministers to boost support services for people receiving treatment for cancer.


Mr Cole-Hamilton was commenting as the 205/16 Cancer Patient Experience Survey showed only half of cancer patients who wanted information on financial help or benefits received it. Just 54% of those patients who needed support at home during their treatment reported getting enough care.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“Doctors and nurses treating people suffering from cancer do fantastic work but if we look behind the headline figures of this survey there are causes for concern.

“Less than a quarter of people receiving treatment had a care plan despite the new cancer strategy setting the target that all patients should have them in place. People without a plan were far more likely to report that they were not getting the support they needed after treatment.

“Boosting services which assist with the wider emotional and practical needs clearly needs to be addressed during the implementation of the new cancer strategy. 

“The consequences of cancer can be difficult for the patient and their families to deal with and can last long after treatment concludes. They are wide-ranging and include mental ill health, debt and mobility. People need to be directed to properly supported services at the earliest opportunity.”

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