£2.3 billion was awarded at the 2021 Spending Review to transform diagnostic services over the next three years. Most of this will help increase the number of Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) up to 160 by March 2025, expanding and protecting elective planned diagnostic services. The remainder of the funding will increase capacity for imaging, endoscopy as well as lung and mammography screening, and improve digital diagnostics.
As of September 2023, there are 121 CDCs currently operational that have delivered over five million additional tests since July 2021, including large, standard and hub models. This compares with over 92 CDCs being operational as of September 2022, having delivered over two million additional tests since July 2021. We are on track to meet the target of up to 160 CDCs by March 2025.