21 October 2014
The Scottish Government has announced that it will launch its first ever cancer patient experience survey next year. The survey, which will be jointly funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, means that cancer patients in all four nations will be able to have their say on the care they receive.
Responding to the announcement, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“We are delighted that every cancer patient in the UK now has a chance to help shape the future of cancer care.
“This will be the first time such a comprehensive survey of cancer patients’ experiences of care has been conducted in Scotland. We know from our work in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that the insight which comes from the survey is crucial in helping to identify where improvements in care should be made.
“High-quality patient experience is vital to people with cancer, before, during and after treatment and we look forward to working with the Scottish Government and health boards across Scotland to launch the survey next year.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk