Marlyn Glen MSP

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Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland

Cancer waiting times : MSP asks Health Secretary about NHS Tayside’s resources

28 May 2010

Marlyn Glen is asking Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon what extra resources NHS Tayside will receive from the Scottish Government to ensure that by the end of next year, 2011, all patients diagnosed with cancer, regardless of the route of referral, should receive treatment within 31 days from the clinical decision to treat.

Ms. Glen said that cancer patients in England already have the 31 day guarantee, and she is asking the Health Secretary what lessons can be learned from England that would benefit NHS Tayside and Scotland.

Ms. Glen’s query on resources for cancer treatment in NHS Tayside come at a time when answers to Parliamentary her Parliamentary questions show that there has been some improvement in survival rates from common cancers in Tayside over the past decade.

In the period 1996-2007, the survival rate for breast cancer patients in Tayside after 1 year rose from 90 per cent to 93 per cent.

In the period 1996-2003, after 5 years the survival rate rose from 67 to 70 per cent.

In the period 1996-2007, the survival rate for prostate cancer patients in Tayside after 1 year rose from 82 per cent to 88 per cent.

In the period 1996-2003, after 5 years the survival rate rose from 45 to 54 per cent.

In the period 1996-2007, the survival rate for colorectal cancer patients in Tayside after 1 year rose from 68 per cent to 75 per cent amongst men and from 63 to 68 per cent amongst women.

In the period 1996-2003, after 5 years the survival rate rose from 36 to 44 per cent amongst men, and from 34 to 39 per cent amongst women.

Ms Glen said,

” Early detection and speedier access to therapy will help counter the anxiety and distress that a cancer diagnosis can bring.

” I am asking her the Health Secretary what additional resources such as the number of clinical staff have NHS Tayside indicated that they may need to meet the target, and if these will be provided.”

Ms. Glen added that since devolution the health services in Scotland and England had set out their own priorities.

In Scotland , she said, emphasis had been given to cutting deaths from cancer and heart disease while in England reductions in waiting times for hospital treatment was a major objective.

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MSP congratulates health board professionals for surpassing national screening targets

14 May 2010

Marlyn Glen MSP is congratulating NHS Tayside health professionals on exceeding the national target set in the latest year for screening those with diabetes for eye-related conditions.

Responses to her Parliamentary questions indicated that 83 per cent of those in Tayside who are eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening were screened between April 2009 and March 2010.

This accounted for 12,894 people in Tayside aged 12 or over.

The NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) standard is that 80% of people who are eligible are screened within each twelve month period.

494 people aged 12 and over with diabetes in Tayside were referred to ophthalmology as a result of the screening in the latest year.

There were in the NHS Tayside area in the latest year 15,590 people aged 12 and over eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening.

Ms. Glen said,

“Screening for diabetic retinopathy is a cost-effective programme.

” The rapid rise in the numbers with diabetes, which carries the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, is now a major health concern.”

Parliamentary Questions 
Diabetes
Marlyn Glen :

To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged 12 and over with diabetes in NHS Tayside were referred to ophthalmology as a result of diabetic retinopathy screening in the last year for which information is available.

Answered by Shona Robison :During the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010, 494 people aged 12 and over with diabetes in NHS Tayside were referred to ophthalmology as a result of diabetic retinopathy screening.

Marlyn Glen :

To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged 12 and over with diabetes in NHS Tayside who were eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening were (a) offered an appointment for screening and (b) screened in the last year for which information is available.

Answered by Shona RobisonThe diabetic retinopathy screening programme in NHS Tayside has robust processes in place to ensure that all people who are eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening are offered regular appointments.

Invitations to attend for diabetic retinopathy screening were sent out to 17,355 people during the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 in NHS Tayside. The number of invitations issued is higher than the number of people eligible for screening, due to people who did not attend appointments being invited again and to the fact that some people with diabetes require to be screened more than once a year.

Twelve thousand, eight hundred and ninety-four people aged 12 and over with diabetes in NHS Tayside who were eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening were screened during the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010. This represents 83% of those eligible. The NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) standard is that 80% of people who are eligible are screened within each twelve month period.

Marlyn Glen :

To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated number was of people aged over 12 with diabetes in NHS Tayside eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening in the last year for which information is available.

Answered by Shona Robison :During the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 there were 15,590 people aged over 12 with diabetes in NHS Tayside who were eligible for diabetic retinopathy screening. This figure excludes those people who were suspended by their GP from the diabetic retinopathy screening programme for clinical reasons, and people under the care of an ophthalmologist.

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£3.6 million in dental bursaries for Dundee University dental students

12 May 2010

Marlyn Glen has revealed through Parliamentary questions that over £3.6 million has been spent on bursaries to dental students at Dundee University in the past 4 years to commit themselves to working in NHS dentistry after graduation.

The scheme which was introduced by the Labour-led Scottish Executive in 2006-07, and between 214 and 239 dental students each year has received such a bursary.

Ms. Glen said, “The scheme has been making a significant positive impact on NHS dental provision.

” In return for the bursary, each graduate gives a guarantee to work within NHS dentistry for a set number of years, depending on the amount of the bursary received.

“The bursary scheme has made NHS dentistry a more attractive career choice for dental graduates, and it has been a good investment in NHS dentistry as well.”

Of the 51 students who graduated from Dundee Dental School , 16 are now undertaking vocational training in NHS Tayside.

Under the terms of the bursary scheme, once a graduate finishes vocational training with a particular health board they are not obliged to work within that same board.

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