£248m invested into NHS for diagnostics

Medical Devices

During the course of the next year, £248 million will be given to the NHS to manufacture new technology capable of: providing a larger number of diagnostic tests, reducing waiting lists, achieving quicker patient diagnosis and helping them receive treatment faster.

The Diagnostics services are going to be moved to an online platform, with hopes to upgrade how tests, images and results are viewed and distributed in laboratories, hospitals, and GP surgeries. This means that the outcomes of tests are more accessible for everyone who needs them, regardless of location. The innovative tech means that, even while working from home, imaging specialists can look at high-resolution images at any time.

“Today’s multi-million-pound investment will play a big role in levelling up diagnostics services across the country so patients can get faster results and healthcare professionals can get their job done more easily“

The financial input also allows professionals to decide on the most appropriate type of scan for individuals they are treating using the patient’s medical history and any symptoms they may have.

Sajid Javid, health and social care secretary, said “Today’s multi-million-pound investment will play a big role in levelling up diagnostics services across the country so patients can get faster results and healthcare professionals can get their job done more easily, reducing unnecessary administrative burden, and making every taxpayer’s pound count. Getting a faster diagnosis for a health condition is the first step to getting more people the treatment they need and earlier on, and our funding will help ensure our NHS has access to the latest digital technology to drive up efficiency.”

NHS medical director, Professor Stephen Powis, said “The NHS is facing a winter like no other with rising cases of COVID and flu as well as record demand for emergency services, all while we continue to deliver the biggest vaccination programme in health service history, including rolling out booster jabs for the most vulnerable. However, NHS staff are making efficient use of additional funding and following the recent rollout of new diagnostic centres, the number of patients waiting for a diagnostic test is falling for the first time in a year, meaning more people are getting the checks they need and if required, are able to begin treatment sooner.”

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