MSP pledges to support people with bowel cancer

David Stewart MSP has committed to working with patients and the local NHS to ensure high quality and safe care is secured for all bowel cancer patients in the Highlands and Islands.

At last night’s Scottish Parliamentary Reception, David Stewart MSP heard from both bowel cancer patients and the charity Beating Bowel Cancer about the importance of good experience for all patients.

David Stewart MSP, said: “I’m happy to sign this pledge and support the principles in any way I can. I shall be working with my local NHS board to ensure they are providing the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to treating bowel cancer patients.”

Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “We strongly believe that patient experience should be an integral part of the NHS in Scotland and it is vital that better care is secured for all bowel cancer patients.

“We know of cases where patients aren’t getting the level of care they need. We are therefore pleased to launch our Service Pledge as a measure of how the NHS should be providing a good experience to the bowel cancer patients they treat.”

To find out more about bowel cancer and to read the full Service Pledge, please visit the charity’s website: www.beatingbowelcancer.org.