Health Secretary announces new cancer screening machines for the Midlands

  • Diagnosis and quality of care to improve dramatically following £200m investment for cancer screening
  • Funding announced by the Prime Minister in September will now be used to buy state of the art machines in the Midlands
  • 78 Trusts to benefit across the country

Today the Health Secretary announced that trusts in the Midlands will benefit from a multi-million pound funding injection to upgrade cancer testing and detection technology.

This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement of an extra £200million in funding last month for new, state of the art cancer screening equipment. The new machines will improve screening and early diagnosis of cancer, and are part of the Government’s commitment to ensure 55,000 more people survive cancer each year.

The trusts in the Midlands are part of a full list of 78 Trusts who will be able to receive funding over the next two years to replace, refurbish and upgrade:

  • CT and MRI scanners, bringing in alternatives with lower radiation levels
  • breast screening imaging and assessment equipment

Replacing and upgrading machines will improve efficiency as they are easier to use, they scan and construct images quicker, and reduce the need to re-scan. This will improve patient experience and will lead to earlier diagnosis, which is vital to saving lives.

This new equipment also brings new capability, with many machines AI-enabled so the NHS is ready for the challenges of the future.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said:

“This new state-of-the-art equipment for NHS trusts in the Midlands 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 bought into the twenty-first 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 of more cancers earlier when they are easier to treat, saving 55,000 more lives every year.”

Each trust has been allocated funding for new machines based on an assessment of local infrastructure and local population need. They will all contribute to the NHS Long Term Plan’s goal of catching three-quarters of all cancers earlier when they are easier to treat.

The NHS trusts in the Midlands to receive funding are
– University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
– Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
– The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
– United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
– University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
– University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust