A Lothian woman is facing uncertainty about her future after experiencing significant delays in starting cancer treatment.
After waiting seven months for diagnostic procedures, Anne Sinclair was informed she had an aggressive form of endometrial cancer. Eventually, she was scheduled for treatment in February, however, contracted Omicron variant of Covid which is delaying her treatment further. Ms. Sinclair was so concerned about the time it took for her referral to treatment that she asked Foysol Choudhury MSP for Lothian Region to intervene. He said:
“Ann Sinclair’s case is simply awful. But this is only an example of the many enquiries I’m receiving from constituents right now who are waiting far too long to receive cancer diagnostics and treatment services. These are very worrying times for these individuals and facing significant waiting times like what Ann has endured is unacceptable.
“We are aware that early diagnosis is crucial to cancer survival, that’s why I asked the First Minister an urgent question in Parliament today about it. Ms. Sinclair’s experience is not good enough and I want The Scottish Government to provide assurances that my other constituents waiting for cancer diagnoses will not be left in a similar position.
“Audit Scotland acknowledged in its report today that the health service in Scotland remains under severe pressure. We know there is a growing backlog of patients waiting much longer for treatment because of the response needed to manage Covid-19. However, The Scottish Government must get its act together and publish a credible plan to address the spiraling cancer waiting times to improve the life chances of these people”.