Breast Cancer: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of funding required to update the NHS Breast Screening IT systems; and what steps his Department is taking to allocate more funding to that programme.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government has committed an initial £1.8 million to identify and design an immediate replacement for the National Breast Screening System. Work is underway to scope out the most appropriate alternative. Following the discovery and design phases, and subject to the necessary approvals, further funding will be available to implement the final version.

Improving cancer screening, early diagnosis and treatment is a core part of the NHS Long Term Plan published 7 January 2019. The Government is investing £487 million in healthcare technology as part of the NHS Long Term Plan to improve patient care, reduce workload on staff and make every pound go further.

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