Chemo campaign at a crucial stage

The long-running campaign for chemotherapy to be 
provided for patients at the ‘new’ Stobhill takes another step forward this week.

Ministers at the Scottish Parliament are expected to give their response tomorrow (Thursday) to questions tabled by Scots LibDem leader Willie Rennie and the party’s health spokesman Jim Hume.

The pair are backing 
Lenzie man Tom Herbert in his fight for cancer patients.

They pledged their support after meeting with Tom and fellow campaigner James Sandieman of the Scottish Health Campaigns Network (SHCN) at Holyrood.

Tom has also received further backing from chemotherapy patients and their friends and family in the area.

Ellen Broadley, of Lenzie, regularly drives her friend Jean Proudfoot to the Beatson for treatment.

Mrs Proudfoot, who lives in Bishopbriggs, was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago.

In a letter to Tom, Ellen said: “I just wanted to let you know that you have my support, and that of my friends,

“My friend Mrs Jean Proudfoot had surgery and was referred to The Beatson at Gartnavel Hospital for treatment.

“I drove her there on Tuesdays and Thursdays and her husband Douglas drove her there on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“For several weeks, Jean and I left home at around 7.30am to get us there on time and find a suitable parking place. May I also say that the three of us are in our 70s and wholeheartedly support your campaign to have these facilities at Stobhill Hospital.”

In his support for the service at Stobhill, Mr Hume said: “There certainly seems a need for a chemotherapy provision locally at Stobhill because let’s face it when patients are undergoing gruelling cancer treatment, having to travel long distances can be distressing for them and their loved ones.

“From what local campaigner, Tom Herbert, says there’s about 300 or 400 new cancer patients diagnosed yearly in the area who could be receiving their treatment at Stobhill if the facilities were there, so again that underlines the need for a chemo unit at Stobhill.

“I think it’s a reasonable expectation to see Stobhill Hospital get the same chemotherapy facilities as the new Victoria Hospital, something which had been promised in the past, and that’s why I’m backing Tom Herbert’s campaign.

“I hope the health board takes all of these factors into account and engages positively with campaigners. Health matters day to day are of course devolved to local health boards, but I hope that the Scottish Government is supportive of what local campaigners are asking for.”