March 2016 saw the Scottish Government publish its cancer plan, ‘Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action’.
It recognised that the quality of life cancer patients have during and after treatment is just as important as the treatment itself – a key principle of our Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) programme.
Our Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Peter Hastie, sums up in 60 seconds the key points of the plan, and what it means for Macmillan Cancer Support’s work in Scotland.
What is pleasing to see is that a £9 million fund has been set aside to fund support services modelled on our Improving the Cancer Journey project and we hope to see the huge success of this project replicated across Scotland to make sure no cancer patient in Scotland misses out on vital support
In the meantime, we urgently need cancer support to be built around the needs of the individual and look forward to working with the Scottish Government to look in detail at how the ambitious measures outlined in the plan will be achieved.