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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22633: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to reports that an estimated one in three people with blood cancer see their GP at least three times before being referred for diagnosis.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 30 April 2019

The Scottish Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer were revised in January 2019 and support Primary Care clinicians in identifying patients who are most likely to have cancer and therefore require urgent assessment by a specialist.

The Detect Cancer Early programme first pan-tumour campaign ‘Survivors’, was launched in September 2018, was set out to target those in the most deprived areas, to reduce fear around cancer and encourage people to get checked early.

The Scottish Cancer Coalition was consulted on the campaign’s development – Bloodwise and Leukaemia Care are both members of the forum. A symptom-checker tool was developed to coincide with the campaign to increase awareness and education of possible signs and symptoms of cancer, regardless of the tumour type.

Officials continue to work closely with Health Boards to ensure that the revised referral guidelines are embedded into routine clinical practice.