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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-05059: Briggs, Miles (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the average waiting time has been for oral cancer screenings in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 12 December 2016

There is no national oral cancer screening programme in NHS Scotland or centrally held data on average waits for oral cancer screening.

However, validated data for Cancer Waiting Times Standards are published by NHS ISD quarterly. Data for median waits from referral to treatment and decision to treat to treatment for head and neck cancers (including oral cancers) can be accessed through the ISD website: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/index.asp