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Analysis

How is the Scottish cancer strategy faring one year after launch?

The government promised ‘world class’ cancer services – but the view from nurses suggests there is still a way to go before we reach the promised land.
Susanne Cruickshank

The government promised ‘world class’ cancer services – but the view from nurses suggests there is still a way to go before we reach the promised land

One year ago, ministers in Scotland unveiled a cancer strategy, which they said should create ‘world class’ cancer services. The five-year plan, Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action, was accompanied by a promise of £100 million of investment in equipment, treatment and staff. So how is it working out?

Clearly it is early days, but Royal College of Nursing cancer and breast care forum chair Susanne Cruickshank does not get the impression ‘anything radical is happening at the moment’.

£100m extra

being invested in cancer services over the next five years

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