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Moray MP Douglas Ross backs Macmillan cancer nurse campaign

By Lorna Thompson

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MORAY'S MP joined hundreds of fellow MPs at a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning reception in the UK Parliament yesterday.

Douglas Ross gave his backing to Macmillan Cancer Support’s latest campaign.

The charity is calling on governments across the UK to invest around £170 million to fund training for the near 4000 additional cancer nurses it says is required, by 2030, to provide the care people need as cancer services slowly recover from the devastating blow caused by Covid-19.

Mr Ross said: "I was really happy to add my support at the launch of Macmillan Cancer Support’s new report, Cancer Nursing on the Line, which calls on all nations of the UK to have a comprehensive package of training and investment in place to ensure that the next generation of cancer nurses get the support they need.

Moray Conservative MP Douglas Ross is backing Macmillan Cancer Support’s latest campaign. Picture: James McCauley.
Moray Conservative MP Douglas Ross is backing Macmillan Cancer Support’s latest campaign. Picture: James McCauley.

"In Moray there are many patients and families who have benefited from the fantastic service provided by Macmillan nurses.

"But as the NHS recovers from the ravages of the Covid pandemic, there is a need to ensure that we can continue to provide people here with the support and advice that Macmillan nurses provide.

"The event in parliament allowed me to show support and solidarity with the specialist nurses who do so much to help the growing numbers who are living with cancer."

He added: "Residents of Moray deserve to get the very best possible cancer services, should they ever need them, and I call on the Scottish Government to introduce the comprehensive training and investment now, so that we can have the reassurance that the work of the amazing Macmillan Cancer Support nurses continues now and in the future."

Macmillan says the pandemic has "both laid bare and exacerbated the terrible strain the cancer workforce has been under for many years".

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