Pledge for bowel cancer support

Nanette Milne MSP signing the Service Pledge in the Scottish Parliament.
Nanette Milne MSP signing the Service Pledge in the Scottish Parliament.

Local MSP Nanette Milne has comitted to working with patients and the NHS to ensure high care is provided to bowl cancer patients.

The MSP co-hosted the Scottish Parliamentary reception which was to ensure the high quality and safe care was secured for all bowel cancer patients in the North East.

At the event, guests heard from both bowel cancer patients and the charity Beating Bowel Cancer about the importance of good experience for all patients.

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East said: “I’m happy to sign this pledge and support the principles in any way I can.

“I shall be working with my local NHS board to ensure they are providing the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to treating bowel cancer patients.”

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland, with almost 4,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

Scotland’s rate of bowel cancer is the highest in the UK and outcomes are generally poor compared with countries both UK-wide and around the world. Bowel Cancer is Scotland’s third biggest cancer killer.

The majority of people diagnosed with the disease are over the age of 50.

Although bowel cancer is common, it is also highly treatable. If detected early, there is more than a 90% chance of successful treatment. The sooner it’s caught, the easier it is to treat.

Currently only 9 out of every 100 patients (9%) in Scotland are diagnosed at the earliest stages of the disease whilst 30 out of every 100 patients (30%) have advanced stages of the disease when patients first seek medical help for their symptoms

Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “We strongly believe that patient experience should be an integral part of the NHS in Scotland and it is vital that better care is secured for all bowel cancer patients.

“We know of cases where patients aren’t getting the level of care they need. We are therefore pleased to launch our Service Pledge as a measure of how the NHS should be providing a good experience to the bowel cancer patients they treat.”

To find out more about bowel cancer and to read the full Service Pledge, please visit the charity’s website: www.beatingbowelcancer.org.