Radiotherapy

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th March 2019.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

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.

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

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:

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

£956,000

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

£632,000

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

£560,000

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

£1,372,000

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

£732,000

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

£600,000

Total

£4,852,000

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.

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