A cancer charity has blasted the Scottish Government after funding for a new world-leading facility in Edinburgh was put on hold. Two new and upgraded units will open next month for cancer patients at the city’s Western General but any more improvements to meet future treatment need and demands are currently on hold.

On the existing site, those behind the proposals say they’re modernising where they can and have refurbished two oncology units to cope with increasing numbers of patients.

A leading charity has now voiced concerns that without proper investment, future treatment needs won’t be met with the current infrastructure. Speaking to STV News, Kate Seymour, of Macmillan Cancer Support said the current set up isn’t fit for purpose.

She said: “Edinburgh has a fast-growing population. It also has an ageing population, which we know means there will be an ever-increasing number of people being diagnosed with cancer.”

Some £24m has been spent on upgrading oncology services at Edinburgh’s Western General. One addition is a purpose built assessment unit – its effectively an accident & emergency for cancer patients – struggling with the side effects of treatment or managing symptoms.

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