Still feeling inspired from our Demand Faster Treatment petition hand-in to No.10 Downing Street the previous day, on Tuesday 5th March we gathered outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh for the hand-in to the Scottish Government.
It was a day of mixed emotions – pride and joy at the number of people who united in calling for faster pancreatic cancer treatment, sadness in thinking of those who are no longer with us.
In Scotland, we were delighted to have very visible and strong cross-party support for our campaign at the petition hand in to the Government. A group of MSPs were with us on the day – this included Clare Adamson (SNP), a long-time champion of pancreatic cancer, Miles Briggs (Conservative Health Spokesperson), Monica Lennon (Labour Health Spokesperson) and Alex Cole-Hamilton (Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson), all supporting our demand for faster treatment for people with pancreatic cancer.
The petition which was signed by over 8,300 people in Scotland, was received by Jeane Freeman, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. She took the time to speak to us about the campaign and spoke to supporters about their care experiences. We passed on our message that pancreatic cancer should be treated as a cancer emergency and will be following up with the Scottish Government to seek a meeting to discuss the action they can take.
Thank you to everyone in Scotland who demanded faster treatment.