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£50 million for radiotherapy services

Published: 12 Mar 2016 15:45

FM confirms launch of Cancer Strategy.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the Scottish Government's commitment to tackling cancer with a £50 million investment in radiotherapy services.

This funding will be used to buy more state-of-the-art radiotherapy equipment and help employ an additional 100 radiotherapy specialists.

The investment comes ahead of the launch of the Scottish Government's Cancer Strategy next week, which will set out more than 50 different actions to help prevent cancer, diagnose people more quickly and deliver even better care and treatment.

The First Minister said:

"Next week, we will launch our new Cancer Strategy. It will set out 50 different actions that will help prevent cancer, diagnose people more quickly and deliver even better care and treatment.

"The fact is too many people still suffer the heartache of losing loved ones years before they should because of cancer.

"It doesn't have to be this way. With new treatments and developing technologies like radiotherapy, we can help more and more people beat cancer.

"That is why I am delighted to announce today that over the next parliament we will invest an extra £50 million in radiotherapy services - it will buy new, state of the art equipment and employ an additional 100 radiotherapy specialists to work in our cancer centres.

"Vital investment to help save lives and keep families together for longer.

"Securing the future of our NHS is one of our most important responsibilities."

Notes to editors

Background

The £50 million investment in radiotherapy will include £39 million for radiotherapy equipment over the next five years, including an £8 million investment in 2016/17. It will also include £11 million over the next five years to support additional training needs and specialist staff such as therapy radiographers and technicians.