John has signed a parliamentary motion backing a Prostate Cancer UK initiative to ensure men with prostate cancer receive the best care and support they deserve throughout Scotland.
Prostate Cancer UK has recently produced A quality checklist: your standards of care. This set of standards has been developed based on research of the experiences and views of men, their families and healthcare professionals. It describes the support and care that men with prostate cancer should receive. Prostate Cancer UK would like to see these patient-focussed standards adopted in Scotland.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in Scotland. 2,700 men are diagnosed every year with the disease and 19,000 are currently living with it. One man dies every hour from prostate cancer in the UK. Men affected by the disease, their partners and families have specific needs that Prostate Cancer UK seek to address.
Commenting on the Quality Checklist John said:
“I would like to praise the work undertaken by Prostate Cancer UK. They provide an invaluable contribution to support men, fund research, raise awareness and improve care.
“I call on all the NHS boards to adopt and implement Prostate Cancer UK’s Quality Checklist as soon as possible. This move is greatly needed as it is prostate cancer is predicted to be the most common cancer overall by 2030.
“I warmly welcome the release of the quality checklist as it is patient-focussed and comes as a complement to the Scottish Government’s Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) for Prostate Cancer, which is more clinical-focussed.
“I would like to see men use the quality checklist to make sure they have access to the best possible information, care and support they should be entitled to from the point of their diagnosis. The quality of care provided should not vary across the country.”