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Patients and Staff to Play Key Role in Executive's Drive to Tackle Cancer
The membership of the strengthened Scottish Cancer Group, the body charged with taking forward and implementing Scotland's cancer strategy, was announced today by Deputy Health Minister, Malcolm Chisholm.
The revamped group, with greater staff and patient representation than ever before, will be responsible for deciding the priorities for the £40m of extra resources for cancer announced last week.
Announcing the names of those who will sit on the Group, the Deputy Minister said:
"Last week we made available £40m, on top of the £100m already announced, to tackle cancer and the causes of cancer in Scotland. This week I am announcing the names of the people who will help decide how the extra money is spent - with frontline staff and patients having an unprecedented role in that process.
"For the first time patients as well as staff working at the forefront of cancer services in Scotland will have a direct voice in determining the priorities for investment and change.
"Over the next few months the Group will work to produce a detailed plan to implement Scotland's cancer strategy - ensuring that funds are directed where they are most needed. The first priority will be to address staff shortages in key specialties and they will be working on this over the coming months. They will report to the Executive with proposals in the Autumn, with detailed announcements before the end of the year.
"Three Regional Cancer Advisory Groups will report to the Scottish Cancer Group, working closely with it to identify local gaps in provision. These groups will also have significant staff and patient representation."
1. The Scottish cancer strategy document - Cancer in Scotland: Action for Change was launched on Tuesday 3 July 2001 along with an extra £40m of new investment dedicated to improving cancer care.
2. The Scottish Cancer Group was established and met for the first time in September 1998, with the task of providing leadership, direction, advice and guidance for cancer services in Scotland. The Group was instrumental in formulating the strategy for tackling cancer and the new strengthened Scottish Cancer Group, which contains previous as well as new members, will play a vital role in driving forward the strategy.
3. The three regional cancer advisory groups will be based in the North (covering Highland, Grampian, Tayside and three Islands NHS Boards), South East (covering Lothian, Borders, Fife and Dumfries and Galloway NHS Boards) and in the West of Scotland (covering Argyll and Clyde, Ayrshire and Arran, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley and Greater Glasgow NHS Boards).
The membership of the strengthened group is as follows:
SCOTTISH CANCER GROUP
Dr Anna Gregor: Chair of the Group and Chair of the South East Regional Cancer Advisory Group. Appointed last week as Lead Cancer Clinician for Scotland. Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Lothian University Hospitals Trust and Lead Clinician for Cancer Services in Lothian.
Dr Harry Burns: Director of Public Health at Greater Glasgow Health Board. Lead Clinician for the West of Scotland Regional Cancer Advisory Group. Previously Lead Clinician for Cancer Services in Scotland.
Dr David Brewster: Director of Cancer Registration, Scotland.
Carol Colquhoun: Scottish Screening Programmes National
Co-ordinator. Previously Project Manager and Deputy National
Co-ordinator for West of Scotland Breast Cancer Screening Programme.
Dr Douglas Colville: Patient representative
Dr John Dewar: Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Tayside University Hospitals Trust. Chairman of the SIGN Group responsible for the national clinical guideline on the management of Breast Cancer in women.
Ian Dickson: Patient representative
Tom Divers: Chief Executive of Lanarkshire Health Board. Chairman of West of Scotland Regional Cancer Advisory Group.
Barbara Elliot: Patient representative
Shirley Fife: Macmillan Primary Care Co-ordinator for Community Nurses at Lothian Primary Care Trust. Previously a District Nurse for 10 years, with a special interest in cancer care.
Ian Gibson: Director, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Macmillan Cancer Relief
Professor Fiona Gilbert: Holds Roland Sutton Chair of Radiology at University of Aberdeen; Honorary Consultant at Grampian University Hospitals Trust.
Professor Neva Haites : Chairman of North of Scotland Regional Cancer Advisory Group. Currently Professor in Medical Genetics and Associate Clinical Dean at the University of Aberdeen.
Dr Norman Lannigan: Currently Chief Pharmacist at Lothian University Hospitals Trust and Chairman of the Scottish Steering Group for the Promotion of Pharmaceutical Clinical Effectiveness in patients with cancer.
Dr Mike Mackie: Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Lothian University Hospitals Trust.
Dr David Millar: GP, Aberdeen. Macmillan GP advisory in palliative and cancer care for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Dr Alistair Robertson: Consultant Pathologist/Honorary Senior Lecturer and Clinical Group Director, Clinical Support Services, Tayside University Hospitals Trust.
Lesley Jean Rugg: Superintendent Radiographer, Lothian University Hospitals Trust at Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. More than 20 years NHS experience in radiography, now specialising in the treatment of patients with cancer.
Margaret Stevenson: Director of the Scottish Partnership Agency for Palliative and Cancer Care (SPA), the national independent representative body for palliative care in Scotland.
Allister Stewart: Chief Executive of Lothian University Hospitals Trust
Dr Chris Twelves, Reader and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology at the Cancer Research Campaign Department based at the Beatson Oncology Centre, Glasgow.
Jan Warner, Director of Reviews, Clinical Standards Board. Previously National Co-ordinator, Scottish Screening Programmes
Professor John Welsh: Holds Dr Olav Kerr Chair of Palliative Medicine at University of Glasgow, based at Beatson Oncology Centre and Hunter's Hill Marie Curie Centre.
Jenny Whelan, Manager, Cancer BACUP, Scotland, which provides information and support to people with cancer and their carers. Background in cancer nursing.
News Release: SE1679/2001
12 Jul 2001