Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed the introduction of a major project designed at transforming routes to cancer treatment for local patients.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway have announced a partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support which will see the charity provide £340,000 to engage with local cancer patients and families as well as implementing improvement initiatives through health and social care programmes.
The project which will last almost two years and will see patients and carers be at the heart of informing the work and shaping any future approaches.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “This is hugely welcome news and I hope this will improve the outcomes for cancer patients and their families across the region.
“By working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, the health board have shown a real commitment to engaging with patients and families, in order to develop the best system that will work for them.
“It is only right that the project will be an extensive one over the next two years and I will looking closely at how the partnership engages with relevant stakeholders in order to deliver for patients.”
Mr Carson also attended a reception by Cancer Research UK in the Scottish Parliament where he was pleased to discuss strategies with the charity about beating cancer sooner.
He added: “It was good to attend the reception to learn more about the fantastic work Cancer Research UK are doing on a daily basis.
“We must ensure that no matter where people are living in Dumfries and Galloway, whether in the east or west that they have the greatest chance of beating cancer sooner.
“Through better communications and partnership working I am confident we can achieve this and I am committed to doing all I can to support those sadly diagnosed with cancer in our region.”