Cancer (Information)

Scottish Enterprise Tayside (Meetings) – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 13 March 2003.

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Photo of Irene Oldfather Irene Oldfather Labour 2:30, 13 March 2003

To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that people with cancer have access to the information that they need, when they need it. (S1O-6636)

Photo of Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm Labour

"Cancer in Scotland: Action for Change: A Guide to Securing Access to Information" was launched on Friday 7 March. It offers guidance to ensure that people who are affected by cancer receive the information that they need, when they need it.

Photo of Irene Oldfather Irene Oldfather Labour

I thank the minister for his answer and welcome the initiative that he has outlined. Does he agree that patients should be provided with information on clinical diagnosis at the earliest opportunity? To that end, will he indicate what priority the Executive attaches to further development of one-stop clinics, such as the colorectal and breast cancer clinics in Ayrshire, which allow people to have speedy investigation and diagnosis?

Photo of Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm Labour

I have seen some of those one-stop clinics in Ayrshire and elsewhere and I am sure that that is an important example of redesign in the interests of patients so that diagnosis and treatment takes place more quickly.

As for treatment, so for information. We want it to be in the right place at the right time and of the right quality. The work that was done in the document to which I referred was very helpful and I pay tribute to the patients and the voluntary sector groups who were also involved. It was an example of genuine partnership in action.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

Before I turn to First Minister's questions, I am sure that members would like to welcome to the gallery the members of Parliament from Azerbaijan, headed by Mr Speaker Aleskerov.