MSP Gil Paterson backs prostate cancer checklist

28.3.2013. Scottish Parliament. MSPs show their support for Prostate Cancer UK.
28.3.2013. Scottish Parliament. MSPs show their support for Prostate Cancer UK.

Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson has called on Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board to implement Prostate Cancer UK’s Quality Checklist as a first step towards delivering the best possible care and support for men with the disease.

Prostate Cancer UK has produced the Quality Checklist to be used as a best practice guide for men and clinicians in a bid to drive up standards and deliver more uniform levels of care and support.

The checklist sets out 15 standards for care and support that men with prostate cancer should expect and demand on the NHS, from their point of diagnosis onwards.

The document has been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the British Association of Urological Nurses, the British Uro-oncology Group and the Society and College of Radiographers.

Mr Paterson said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and is predicted to be the most common cancer overall by 2030. Despite this, we know that the quality of care and support men with the disease receive varies significantly throughout Scotland.

“It is incredibly important that we do all we can to ensure all men with prostate cancer get the care and support they need, regardless of where they live.

“That’s why I’m delighted to back Prostate Cancer UK’s Quality Checklist, and call on the Health Board to implement it as soon as possible to help all men who are diagnosed with this terrible disease.”

Drew Lindon, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We are delighted that Gil has joined a growing movement showing support for men with prostate cancer by endorsing our Quality Checklist. I urgently call on cancer networks, health boards and health care professionals to follow their lead. Men with prostate cancer deserve the best, and Prostate Cancer UK is absolutely determined that’s exactly what they are going to get.”

To view the Quality Checklist please visit: www.prostatecanceruk.org/qualitycare