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£200m cancer scanner boost fuels call for extra NHS staff

A £200 funding package deal has been unveiled by the Government to pay for new cancer scanners in a drive to deal with the “cruel disease”.

The funding, introduced by Boris Johnson throughout a go to to a hospital, will present 300 diagnostic machines throughout England as a part of a cancer screening overhaul.

The newest NHS spending pledge got here as Mr Johnson continues in his bid to safe an early normal election aimed toward breaking the Brexit impasse.

But Cancer Research UK warned NHS staffing shortages have been urgent precedence, whereas Labour mentioned the money wouldn’t make up for years of finances cuts.

The PM mentioned: “These new scanners will result in faster prognosis, extra screenings, and improved care for sufferers, giving sensible NHS staff the instruments they should additional boost survival charges.

“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.”

The Department of Health mentioned the machines, to go to greater than 80 trusts, will enhance effectivity and enhance affected person security due to decreased radiation ranges.

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Improved reliability can be anticipated, which means fewer cancellations and higher use of staff time.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned: “I wish to see the best way we combat cancer within the NHS reworked, so we are able to confront this merciless illness with one of the best services to offer our household, mates and colleagues the best probability.

“I’m decided to get cutting-edge tools into hospitals throughout the nation in order that medical staff are outfitted with one of the best know-how accessible for sufferers.”

Cancer Research UK welcomed the money as a much-needed boost for the NHS’s “creaking tools”, but called for “bolder motion” and extra staff.

Sarah Woolnough, an govt director on the charity, mentioned: “Having entry to one of the best machines accessible will assist diagnose extra folks with cancer at an early stage after they have one of the best probability of surviving their illness.

“But to diagnose extra folks early is a momentous problem and would require bolder motion if the UK desires to realize world-class cancer outcomes.

“And these new machines will solely work if there’s staff to function them, so the Government should act urgently to deal with NHS staff shortages.”

Shadow well being secretary Jonathan Ashworth mentioned: “The announcement will by no means make up for the years of multi-billion pound cuts to NHS tools budgets.

“With 34,000 sufferers ready two months simply to begin remedy for cancer, a reputable funding plan to deal with persistent shortages within the cancer workforce is extra pressing than ever.

“Sadly ministers have failed to supply a workforce plan but once more.”

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