Scotland has taken steps to prioritise cancer surgery for those most in need of treatment, with the publication of a framework to help NHS Scotland resume services as the country moves into COVID-19 ‘recovery’.
The Framework for Recovery of Cancer Surgery sets out how health boards should prioritise cancer surgery as NHS Scotland resumes more services following the pandemic.
During wave one of the pandemic, the Scottish government convened a National Cancer Treatment Response Group to lead on national guidance for care of cancer patients during that period.
It published clinical guidelines for cancer treatment at the end of April. The new framework, which has also been formulated by the Group, builds on that initial guidance.