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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22800: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the Manchester lung health check pilot programme, which uses CT screening to assist with the early identification of lung cancer and is being rolled out across NHS England, and what its position is on introducing a similar approach across Scotland.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 14 May 2019

The Scottish Government, along with the rest of the UK, is advised on all aspects of screening by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) an independent expert advisory group. The UK NSC will review the evidence for lung cancer screening once the results of the NELSON randomised lung cancer screening trial are published. If there is any change in the recommendations of the UK NSC this will be carefully considered by the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government is currently exploring what opportunities exist for Scotland to contribute to the emerging evidence base for lung cancer screening in discussions with the Chair of the UK NSC, and the Scottish Screening Committee.