Date lodged: 13 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the roll-out of the fast-track surgery model for cancer treatment.
Answered by: Shona Robison 27 September 2017
The role of the Scottish Government is to provide policies, frameworks and resources to NHS boards in order that they can deliver services that meet the needs of their local population. Within this context, it is for clinical audit and local clinical governance structures to monitor how well clinicians and NHS Boards are complying with existing clinical SIGN guidelines and to ensure that new and emerging evidence and good practice guidelines are considered at regular intervals.
The Scottish Government continues to work in close collaboration with colleagues in NHS England and will consider the outputs from this pilot, to ensure that where appropriate, patients with cancer receive their surgery as quickly as possible.