Dr. Richard Simpson Calls For Standards for Better Prostate Cancer Care

Dr Richard Simpson, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife Constituency, has expressed support for a national set of standards of quality prostate cancer care.

After a wide-ranging consultation with people affected by prostate cancer, The Prostate Cancer Charity has compiled a draft set of standards that set out what good quality care looks like.  The Charity is calling on men who have been affected by prostate cancer and their partners, as well as healthcare professionals, to provide feedback on the draft to ensure it accurately reflects the needs of men.

Once finalised, The Prostate Cancer Charity will be asking the Scottish Government to implement the standards across the country, to ensure that men will have the same expectations of care wherever they live.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP said, “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Scotland, which is why I believe it’s essential we know exactly what people affected by the disease require and expect from our health service.

“I am therefore delighted to back calls for national standards of care, and would urge anyone with direct or indirect experience of the disease to feed back on The Prostate Cancer Charity’s draft document. Men everywhere deserve quality prostate cancer care, and delivering that is what this initiative is all about.”

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: “It’s fantastic that Dr. Richard Simpson has backed our call, and look I forward working with him over the months ahead to make this a reality.

“We need national standards of quality prostate cancer care to ensure that healthcare providers and NHS staff know exactly what services and level of care they should be providing to patients. We also need to ensure that men who have, or are concerned about, prostate cancer know exactly what level of care and support they are entitled to receive.

“Before we finalize our standards we need to be absolutely clear that they reflect what men with prostate cancer want – which is why we want to hear from as many people with experience of the disease as possible.”

To view and feedback on The Prostate Cancer Charity’s draft standards of quality prostate cancer care visit: www.prostate-cancer.org.uk/takeaction

Alternatively, to receive a hard copy by post, please call 0141 314 0050


Richard Simpson MSP has backed an innovative training programme which supports carers and care sector workers who want to find out more about the human rights of older people.

The Care about Rights project from the Scottish Human Rights Commission uses short films and practical examples which highlights common misunderstandings about human rights in the care sector in Scotland. Several hundred care workers from across the country have already taken part in Care about Rights training, and every registered care and housing support service for older people in Scotland has been sent a CD ROM and DVD of the materials.  Everyone can access the online version of Care about Rights which was launched on 10 December 2010 to mark international Human Rights Day.

Richard Simpson MSP attended an event at the Scottish Parliament on 20 January and backed the aims of Care about Rights.

Dr Richard Simpson said: “It’s vital that older people and care professionals, families and friends who care for them have their human rights recognised and respected. I was delighted to back the event at the Scottish Parliament and hope that many more people will find out more about the Care about Rights project.”

Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, said: “We developed Care about Rights because of concerns about older people’s rights not being respected and their views not being heard. There were also worries from some people within the care sector that they didn’t know enough about human rights to apply them at work.

“Care about Rights draws attention to the human rights of older people in Scotland, and the training materials explain human rights in an understandable way, with films and practical advice on day to day situations which make them easy to use.”

The Scottish Human Rights Commission was established in 2008. The human rights of older people were identified as a priority issue after a national consultation. Care about Rights was developed with support from Scottish Care, the Care Commission and Age Scotland.

Gloria McLoughlin, depute Chief Executive, Scottish Care said: “Given the challenges we face in the coming years around older people’s services, setting out that human rights are fundamental in our society is timely and important. Scottish Care have been delighted to support the development of Care about Rights, and to facilitate its roll out across the country. The training pack is a unique tool which brings focus and understanding specifically to human rights in the care sector, which is to be welcomed.”