Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has welcomed the launch of the new Beatson Cancer Charity. Launched on the 27th March, the Beatson Cancer Charity is the only charity dedicated to supporting the Beatson and has been formed out of merging the resources and services of the friends of Beatson and the Beatson Oncology Fund. It will work in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre provides patients and staff with the most cutting edge equipment, treatments and surroundings to fight cancer. Staffed by some of the world’s most skilled and dedicated healthcare professionals, the Beatson offers a world-class package of non-surgical cancer care.
The aim of the new charity is to attract significant funding to further enhance the treatment, care and wellbeing of current and former patients and their families including the 8,000 new patients who are treated at the Beatson ever year. Through longer-term research it will also enhance treatments and outcomes. Over £800,000 a year is already committed to funding 19 specialist posts including nursing, radiography, physics and research-based staff.
Ms McTaggart said “This charity is a fantastic way of raising some vital funding for the Beatson which is an internationally renowned centre for cancer treatment. The Beatson delivers all of the radiotherapy and much of the chemotherapy to around 60% of the people in Scotland so every penny raised by the charity will be worthwhile.
Most of us will have had a friend or family member who will have had suffered from cancer at some point in our lives. The treatment the Beatson provides, and also the fantastic support they can give to family members, is vital in the fight against cancer and I am therefore delighted to welcome the launch of the new charity and look forward to working alongside them in the future.”
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