Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson says he hopes progress can continue to be made on delivering better cancer treatment for patients across his constituency.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s call comes after NHS Dumfries and Galloway confirmed they are looking to realign with a West of Scotland Cancer network in Glasgow, rather than having patients travelling to Edinburgh.
The process is set to take a number of years, with Mr Carson writing to SNP Government Health Secretary Jeane Freeman MSP to intervene in order to see if it can be carried out any quicker.
Mr Carson believes the work of the Macmillan Cancer and Palliative Care Pathways Project earlier this year, which received over 500 responses has been vital in helping to shape these proposals finally being taken forward.
He also says that patients welfare must always take top priority and has welcomed that measures are being taken to try and minimise the number of patient trips to Edinburgh in the interim.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “Patients welfare must always come first when it comes to those who are undergoing treatment for cancer.
“It is often a very stressful experience that they have to travel to Edinburgh for cancer services, so it is welcome that steps are now being taken to try and realign patients with services in the West.
“While I understand the process is complex, I hope that these plans will continue to come to fruition as quickly as possible, which is why I have written to the SNP Health Secretary asking if she will support the health board in delivering this for patients.
“The project carried out with those involved in cancer services earlier this year was hugely important in terms of shaping this potential change of services and I thank all those who contributed.
“I hope that all key stakeholders can continue to work positively together in order to deliver the best possible outcomes for patients in my constituency.”