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Sturgeon makes cancer services vow

The Scottish government has announced that children's cancer services are to be kept in all four of the country's main cities.

And health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said the services - at Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen - will not not be downgraded "in any way".

She also added that an extra £32m will be made available to fund a national plan for providing specialist services for children.

Ms Sturgeon's announcement ends months of uncertainty over a review of child cancer services.

Proposals had included withdrawing some aspects of diagnosis, treatment, research and training from Aberdeen and Edinburgh and concentrating them in Glasgow, while another option that was debated was to downgrade Aberdeen, while Glasgow and Edinburgh would operate as national centres.

Ms Sturgeon said: "I realise there has been a great deal of uncertainty over children's cancer services in Scotland and I can now remove any doubts and allay the concerns of staff, patients and families.

"There is no recommendation to remove children's cancer services from any of the sites where it is provided and I can confirm that none of the four units will be downgraded in any way.

"I am delighted to announce that the service will be delivered as a network across the four sites in Scotland."

Scottish government

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