– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 9th March 2011.

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Photo of Richard Simpson Richard Simpson Labour

Question S3W-39806

To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that GPs have access to diagnostics to help confirm or rule out cancer since May 2007.

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Better Cancer Care: an Action Plan was published in 2008 and includes, as a component of the commitments outlined in the plan, targets relating to GP access to diagnostics.

The Scottish Government Cancer Performance Support Team has been supporting NHS boards to achieve these targets and this support has included patient pathway management work to ensure rapid diagnosis and staging as part of the 62-day target.

NHS boards make local decisions regarding arrangements to provide GPs with open access to diagnostic investigations such as imaging and endoscopy. These decisions also take account of local circumstances.

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