Cole-Hamilton: Cancer patients left lonely and cold

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to ensure comprehensive provision of aftercare after new research suggested that cancer patients were struggling to heat their homes.

The research by Macmillan Cancer Support and npower shows that nearly a third (32%) of people living with cancer in Scotland say they feel the cold more and one-in-five say they have trouble sleeping as a result. In addition, more than a quarter see themselves as spending more time at home and 37% need to put the heating on more due to their diagnosis.

The research suggests that "for many, this is an extra expense they cannot afford, especially when they are not working and their income is reduced".

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"This valuable research from Macmillan and npower shows that people with cancer face enormous challenges when the weather turns.

"Coupled with the social isolation and pressure on people's finances that complex medical conditions can bring, this can be a real nightmare.

"Rather than leave cancer sufferers huddled under blankets we need to see the Scottish Government deliver comprehensive provision of aftercare to ensure that people are not going cold."

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