Malcolm calls for shorter waiting times for colonoscopy
Question on screening for bowel cancer Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
At a conference organised by Bowel Cancer UK two weeks ago, we heard about the bowel cancer screening programmeís great success. Will the cabinet secretary tell us whether there are any plans to develop that programme? Will he also tell us about any action that the Scottish Government is taking to reduce some of the unacceptably long waits for colonoscopy?

Alex Neil (The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing):
I am examining in particular how quick the patientís journey is from the point at which there is a suspicion of bowel cancer to establishing whether cancer is present and how quickly it can be treated.

The bowel cancer screening programme has been enormously successful, although in some areas the rate of response - particularly from men of a certain age - could be improved. That would improve the programmeís success even more.
September 26th 2012