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78 NHS trusts to receive new cancer screening machines

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced the 78 Trusts that will benefit from funding for new cancer testing and detection technology following the Prime Minister’s promise, last month, of £200m funding for new cancer screening equipment. The new machines will improve screening and early diagnosis of cancer.


The funding, over the next two years, will replace, refurbish and upgrade CT and MRI scanners – introducing machines with lower radiation levels – and breast screening imaging and assessment equipment. The new equipment will also be easier to use, quicker to scan and construct images and reduce the need to re-scan. Many machines will be enabled for artificial intelligence (AI), bringing new capability and preparing the NHS for the future.


The lack of scanners for cancer diagnosis has been referred to in concerns over the capacity of the NHS to deal with future healthcare needs. The extent to which the UK is falling behind other countries was starkly highlighted in the report: ‘Failing to Capitalise’, published by The Health Foundation in March. This found that the UK has the lowest number of both CT and MRI scanners per capita of any of the EU15 and G7 countries for which data were available according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  


The UK was reported to have around 7.5 MRI scanners and just under 10 CT scanners per million population, compared to the USA with around 36 MRI scanners and over 40 CT scanners and even Greece, which has about 27 MRI scanners and 36 CT scanners per million population. The UK falls well below the Netherlands, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Ireland, Spain, Finland, Austria, Italy and Germany. The Health Foundation estimates that just to bring the UK up to the average number of CT and MRI scanners would require approximately £1.5bn extra capital spending. 


The NHS Long Term Plan states that funding for new cancer screening equipment - specifically CT and MRI scanners - would be negotiated in the 2019 Spending Review. 


Commenting on today’s announcement, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock says: “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, adds: “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.”


Funding to each Trust has been allocated based on an assessment of local infrastructure and local population need. The Trusts receiving funding are:

East of England

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Whittington Health NHS Trust

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust


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

North East and Yorkshire

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

North West

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

South East

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

South West

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust