Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, has welcomed the news that Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will be one of 78 NHS Trusts across the country to benefit from funding for brand new, state-of-the-art cancer testing and detection technology.
Backed by £200 million of funding that was recently announced by Government to bring new cancer equipment to frontline NHS services; Hull Royal Infirmary will receive the money over the next 2 years to go towards replacing, refurbishing and upgrading their MRI and CT scanners as well as their mammography screening equipment.
The new equipment will improve screening – making the process quicker and reducing the need to re-scan – and will help boost the number of cancers being diagnosed earlier.
As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, the Government has committed to catching three-quarters of all cancers earlier, when they are easier to treat so that 55,000 more people survive cancer each year.
Reacting to the announcement, Graham said;
“This is fantastic news for the people of Beverley and Holderness, who will be able to benefit from access to the best, most modern technology on our doorstep.
“These new machines will be easier to use, and many of them will be AI-enabled so that we can make sure the NHS is ready for the future.
“Cancer survival rates are already at a record high thanks to steps we’ve taken that have led to better prevention, earlier diagnosis, and world-leading treatments on the NHS. But there’s much more we can do, and if I’m re-elected at the upcoming election I’ll continue to work with the Health Secretary to ensure that residents in Beverley and Holderness experience better treatment and outcomes at hospitals in the region.
“By bringing the NHS’ technology into the 21st century, we can catch tens of thousands of cancers when they’re easier to treat and save countless more lives.”
The NHS Long Term Plan is backed by a £33.9 billion increase to the NHS budget by 2023. Mental health funding, meanwhile, will increase by an extra £2.3 billion – giving 345,000 more children mental health support.