Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP raised a warning flag today about a potential crisis and overwhelming of the healthcare system in detecting and treating cancer within the next ten years.
Figures released today by Information Division Scotland (ISD) projected a rise by 33% in the number of new cases of cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) between 2023-2027, due mainly to Scotland’s ageing population.
In light of today’s figures, Mr. Hume pressed the Scottish Government to explain the more than doubling in the number of people who waited for more than six weeks in the past year for key diagnostic tests, in a Parliamentary question submitted on the topic.
Mr. Hume commented:
“These are concerning figures showing a potential threefold increase in the number of people being diagnosed with cancer. It could have serious implications for many families, but also for our public services.
“The Scottish Government must set out what it is going to do to prevent and alleviate this potential crisis. They must do everything possible to promote healthy living and to ensure hospitals are equipped with the resources they need to provide the best care.
“So far the Scottish Government has taken its eye off the ball, with the number of people waiting for more than 6 weeks for diagnostic tests doubling. Scottish Liberal Democrats continue to urge the SNP Government to start listening to the experts and better support our NHS.”