NHS cash injection announced

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has this week announced a £1.8 billion cash injection for the UK’s public health system, seeking to honour his Brexit pledges as he pushes through the country’s departure from the European Union.

The extra funding for the NHS will mean “more beds, new wards, and extra life-saving equipment to ensure patients continue to receive world-class care,” Johnson said in a statement.

However, last year nearly £130 billion was spent on the NHS budget, leaving this promise as a 1.3% increase in total funding. A 2014 report found that the late diagnosis of just four common cancers is costing the NHS an extra £150 million in treatment costs. Overall, late diagnosis is a major driver of NHS cancer treatment costs, the report found.

Wesley Baker, CEO of ANCON Medical comments:

“The Prime Minister’s promise to provide this extra funding is positive step for the NHS and will likely be welcomed with open arms. However, it is well known that extra funding cannot go on indefinitely.

“With this is mind there is a clear and present need for cutting-edge technologies that are relatively inexpensive to use and can provide an accurate diagnosis to help bring costs down and survival rates up. Diagnosis and the costs associated when it goes wrong is a hugely significant part of the NHS budget. Costly and complex diagnostic techniques such as MRI and CT scans create a huge financial burden which is likely to continue to rise and fuelling the demand for further funding increases.”

Read the full article published on 5 August by OpenAccessGovernment.org >>

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