To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of NHS England’s £130 million funding for the Linear Accelerator programme was spent in (a) 2016-17 (b) 2017-18 (c) 2018-19; what funding his Department plans to allocate to that programme in (i) 2019-20 and (ii) 2020 - 21; and if he will make a statement.
Since October 2016, the Radiotherapy Modernisation Programme has funded over 80 replacement or upgraded Linear Accelerators (LINACs) and additional networking capability. The breakdown of spend is as follows:
- 2016/17 - £35.6 million
- 2017/18 - £45.8 million
- 2018/19 - £50.4 million
The LINACs replacement and upgrade budget for 2018/19 was £45 million. The £50.4 million figure above includes a £468,000 ‘overspend’, covered by the cancer transformation fund, plus radiotherapy networking support, also from the cancer transformation fund. This is detailed in the following table:
Decisions on further funding in future years have not yet been taken and will depend partly on the outcome of the Spending Review later this year.