Ms McAlpine was responding to the results of the first ever Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey. The results were released today by the Scottish Government and Macmillan Cancer Support.
In Dumfries and Galloway, 95% of the 75 patients who provided feedback rated their experience as positive – comparing favourably with a national figure of 94%.
Commenting, Joan McAlpine MSP said:
“Nobody wants to face a cancer diagnosis, but I welcome the news that patients in our region have such a positive view of the standard of NHS care they receive.”
Patients who had a care plan in place responded statistically more positively about their experience. Care plans are designed to meet patients’ non-clinical needs and could include support from health or social care services or even financial advice.
Ms McAlpine added:
“The Scottish Government has been working closely with Macmillan to spread the use of care plans, most notably through the £5m Transforming Care After Treatment programme.
“And the results of this survey show exactly why it is so important to have a care plan in place.”
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Attached are the Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey overview and D&G report.