A £300,000 bid is being made to the Scottish Executive's new opportunities fund for a telemedicine project aimed at driving up standards in cancer care in Fife, Tayside, Lothian, Borders and Dumfries and Galloway. The project, one of the most extensive of its kind in Britain, would give clinicians access to video conferencing and allow pathology slides and radiology evidence to be examined remotely. Fife health board's lead cancer clinician Dr John Wilson said the project would mean that patients could be seen 'at the earliest possible stage, within a wide specialist forum'. A decision on the bid is expected next year.

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