Don’t Write Me Off in Scotland

Too many people in Scotland are left waiting for their diagnosis and treatment. We’re telling the Government in Scotland: Don’t write off people with pancreatic cancer. 

Our drop-in event at the Scottish Parliament

On 2nd November 2023 – at the very start of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month – we headed to the Scottish Parliament to encourage MSPs to take action for our Don’t Write Me Off campaign.

An amazing 56 MSPs gathered on the steps of the Garden Lobby to participate in our photocall and 21 MSPs joined us at our drop-in event.

MSPs had the opportunity to speak to 13 of our amazing supporters, who joined us at the event to share their experiences and find out more about our “Don’t Write Me Off” campaign. Many MSPs attending agreed to take action to encourage the Scottish Government  to improve diagnosis, treatment and care for people with pancreatic cancer in Scotland.

The Scottish Members’ Debate

The 7th annual Members’ Debate to mark Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month took place on 15 November. The debate was led by Willie Coffey MSP, who lost his mum to pancreatic cancer in 1985. 9 MSPs, from across all major parties, spoke in the debate, including Jenni Minto MSP, Minister for Public Health and Women’s Health, who responded on behalf of the Government.

9 of our fabulous supporters joined our Head of Devolved Nations at Parliament to watch the debate, helping to create a sea of purple in the public gallery. We were delighted that Pancreatic Cancer UKs work, including our “Don’t Write Me Off” campaign, was mentioned in all  Member speeches.

Many Members also shared the personal stories of family members, friends and constituents, helping to bring a human face to the stark statistics around pancreatic cancer. We are very grateful to all the MSPs who spoke in the debate for helping to raise awareness and keep pancreatic cancer in the spotlight.

What we are calling for

Find out what we’re calling for in more depth, including our calls to action across all four UK nations.

Download our campaign report (PDF)