Community Diagnostic Centres: Medical Equipment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4 August 2022.

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Photo of Peter Dowd Peter Dowd Labour, Bootle

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of the community diagnostic centres operating in England are equipped with diagnostic equipment purchased in the last (a) 12 months, (b) five years and (c) ten years.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The information is not held centrally in the format requested.

The majority of equipment for community diagnostic centres (CDCs) was purchased in the last 12 months with the launch of the programme in July 2021. However, some sites may have used existing equipment to increase capacity and reduce waiting times for diagnostic tests. NHS England plans to equip CDCs with new facilities, including those located on existing National Health Service estate, through purchasing new equipment rather than upgrading existing equipment.

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