​​​​​​​Bolton to join other NHS trusts to receive new cancer screening machines

Bolton is one of 78 NHS Foundation Trusts to receive vital funding for new cancer screening machines.

The trusts will receive funding for the machines, which will help lead to earlier diagnosis and are part of the government’s commitment to ensure 55,000 more people survive cancer each year.

Last month the Prime Minister announced an extra £20million in funding for new screening equipment, with each trust allocated funding for new machines based on an assessment of how many people would benefit.

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 is critical that the technology doctors and nurses use 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. This is part of our extra £33.9 billion a year for the NHS.”

Welcoming the news, Bolton West MP Chris Green said: “This funding is great news for local families. Cancer is a disease that can strike at any time, so any technology that is available to help fight it is most welcome and I’m delighted that the government is pushing forward with our pledge to provide billions more in funding for the NHS.”

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.”