78 NHS trusts to receive new cancer screening machines

The Department of Health and Social Care has today announced 78 trusts will benefit from funding for new cancer testing and detection technology.

The new machines will improve screening and early diagnosis of cancer, with an aim to save over 55,000 lives.

The news of the 78 NHS trusts confirmed follows last month when Boris Johnson announced the extra £200 million in funding for new cancer screening equipment.

It will provide new technology that will lower radiation levels and upgrade existing CT and MRI scanners.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said “This new state-of-the-art equipment for 78 trusts across England will ensure doctors and clinicians can help even more people survive a cancer diagnosis and stop the disease as early as possible.”

“It’s mission critical that the technology our NHS uses to prevent and diagnose cancer is brought into the 21st century. We have backed the roll-out of these new machines with £200 million in funding, as part of our Long Term Plan, backed by an extra £33.9 billion a year.”

Cally Palmer, National Cancer Director at NHS England, said “Cancer survival is at a record high thanks to better prevention, earlier diagnosis and world-leading treatments in the NHS.”

“This major investment in the best modern scanning technology will benefit patients in every part of England, helping us to achieve the NHS Long Term Plan’s ambitions of catching tens of thousands more cancers earlier when they are easier to treat, saving 55,000 more lives every year.”