Cancer patients will see a significant improvement in diagnosis and treatment, after the Prime Minister announced a new NHS cash injection to replace MRI machines, CT scanners, and breast screening equipment.
The £200 million of new funding is part of the Government’s commitment to ensure 55,000 more people survive cancer each year.
It will provide over 300 diagnostic machines in hospitals across England. The new equipment will improve the quality of screening and speed of diagnosis, with doctors finding the machines more effective and easier to use.
The Prime Minister has made getting funding directly to the NHS frontline his priority since taking office. An extra £2 billion has already been committed, including to upgrade 20 hospitals across the country and for new equipment and AI research.
The Government has also recently announced another £210 million will be invested in frontline staff, including a personal training budget of £1,000 for every nurse. This is on top of the extra £33.9 billion every year to be invested in the health service by 2023/24.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The NHS is the best healthcare service in the world, and the treatment and care it provides is one reason cancer survival rates are at a record high.
“But too many lives are still being lost to this shattering illness. We can, must, and will do so much more for sufferers and their families.
“These new scanners will lead to quicker diagnosis, more screenings, and improved care for patients, giving brilliant NHS staff the tools they need to further boost survival rates.
“It’s my priority to make sure our NHS gets every penny it needs to provide the very best care – wherever you live, and whatever your condition.”