Date lodged: 25 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the NHS's capacity to treat higher numbers of cancer patients, in light of reports that the number of people with cancer in Scotland has risen.
Answered by: Shona Robison 10 May 2018
Chapter 2 the Scottish Government's £100 million Cancer Strategy 'Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action' contains analysis of the changing population in Scotland and the future impact on cancer services. The full cancer strategy can be found here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/9784
Scottish Government officials also work closely with cancer teams in NHS Boards every day and are frequently looking at the number of patients coming through with a suspicion of cancer, alongside reviewing available resource and capacity locally, to ensure everyone receives the best timely care possible.