Date lodged: 11 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how the planned £2 million investment per annum in the new diagnostics fund to support swift access to diagnostics for people with suspected cancer has been spent, and whether there has been any review of the impact of this spending.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 20 March 2019
Since 2016 a total of £6 million funding has been released directly to NHS Boards from this diagnostics fund. NHS boards have directed this funding to support additional scope and imaging capacity based on local need and demand. In 2018-19 alone, this £2m fund will have supported provision of an additional 560 endoscopy sessions, 950 additional one stop breast appointments and 2,000 additional scans across NHSScotland for suspected cancer patients and progress is monitored through regular Scottish Government performance meetings.