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Scotland announces 31 day cancer treatment target

All patients diagnosed with cancer in Scotland will receive treatment within 31 days of decision to treat under new proposals unveiled by the Scottish government.

The proposal was part of an action plan to improve cancer services in the country.

Other plans included an extension of the existing 62-day referral to treatment target to patients who screen positive through on of the national screening programmes.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s network of benefits advice service and trials of back-to-work programme for cancer patients will receive an extra £500,000.

Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘For patients in the initial stages of a cancer diagnosis we must ensure action is taken at the earliest opportunity after diagnosis.’

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