Date lodged: 8 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to provide access to proton cancer treatment in each NHS board.
Answered by: Shona Robison 20 March 2017
We expect that every NHS Scotland patient who needs it has access to Proton Beam Therapy (PBT). PBT is highly specialised and available in only a few treatment centres globally. There are currently no NHS PBT centres in the UK and Scottish patients go to other European countries or the USA for PBT. Costs are covered by central NHS funding. Treatment referrals are agreed by a Scottish expert panel and subsequently by a UK panel. More information can be found from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/spec-services/highly-spec-services/pbt/.