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Boost for child cancer care centres

Some of Scotland's most seriously ill children are to benefit from a £32 million plan to increase services devoted to their care.

The National Delivery Plan for Children and Young People's Specialist Services will target conditions such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and Crohn's disease.

Cancer centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee will be given priority, as will district general hospitals, in an attempt to provide more local care for cancer.

Other priorities include maintaining and developing the National Children's Bone Marrow Transplantation Service in Glasgow, and employing extra specialist staff.

Telemedicine will be employed to deliver care as close to home as possible, while specialist adolescent services will be expanded. Health boards will improve training regimes for all staff who routinely work with young people.

Health secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, said that seriously ill children need staff with highly specialised skills, adding: "We have a duty to ensure services are organised and planned in such a way as to make them secure for the future."

Morgan Jamieson, who oversees the health of children in Scotland, said the plan will "ensure improvements in access and quality go hand in hand across the country."

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