The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport put a ‘pause’ on the current cancer strategy. This was viewed by the Cross Party Group on Cancer as an opportunity for collaborative working across Scotland to ensure those affected by cancer receive the best support.
Today, Anas Sarwar MSP and Miles Briggs MSP launch the Cross Party Group on Cancer’s latest report outlining a set of priorities for the future of cancer care in Scotland.
The Cross Party Group, Co-Chaired by Anas Sarwar MSP and Miles Briggs MSP have made a number of recommendations and highlighted key elements needing addressed by the Scottish Government.
Cancer Support Scotland’s role
Cancer Support Scotland is a proud and active member of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Cancer and welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the recommendations outlined in the report.
Rob Murray, CEO of Cancer Support Scotland, commented on the report:
“When the public and third sector works together we can achieve great things. This report highlights that whilst there is excellent support in place for people affected by cancer much more needs to be done.
“We would strongly urge the Cabinet Secretary and the Scottish Government to urgently look at investing in grassroots counselling services.
“The truth is that for many families across Scotland their wellbeing is not being supported at a time when it really needs to be, and the support that is available comes from third sector organisations which can result in a postcode lottery.
“With the cancer strategy on pause, this gives us all an opportunity to reflect and put in place ambitious plans for supporting those affected by cancer.
“We share the Scottish Government’s ambition for creating a healthier nation however, if this is to be achieved, the Government must start investing in grassroots counselling services. This way we will help reduce inequalities and ensure good health and wellbeing.”
The Cross-Party Group on Cancer Report
You can read the findings in the report here: Cross-Party Group on Cancer Report