PM: £2.3billion will be spent on cancer ‘diagnostic hubs’ to reduce NHS waiting lists

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During a visit to Somerset yesterday, the PM said: “The diagnostics hubs, community diagnostics hubs, will bring that screen, that scan closer to you.

“But also to take the pressure off the acute sector so that people don’t have to go in to hospital and so that we can speed it up.

“What we’re focused on is community diagnostics and making a huge difference that we hope to make to the delays. We hope that we’re now on a routemap back to complete normality.”

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In a clear signal of his desire to move on from the row over alleged lockdown rule-breaches in Downing Street, he said reducing the backlog in treatment for cancer and other lifethreatening conditions was now his top priority.

“What we need to do above all is look at the landscape, the health landscape, post- Covid, and do everything in our power to get people the treatment they need.”

There were 107,364 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the UK yesterday and 330 deaths.

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