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Cumbrian NHS trust to get new radiotherapy machine

The Trust will benefit from a new radiotherapy machine. Credit: PA

A Cumbrian healthcare trust is to benefit from a new radiotherapy machine, as part of a nationwide push to improve cancer care.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is to benefit from one of the new machines, as well as:

  • The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  • Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  • Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

A £200 million funding pot is also to be made available for health authorities with the best ideas for stopping potential cancer patients "bouncing between GPs and hospitals".

NHS England has made the funds available to regional Cancer Alliances to help find innovative ways to diagnose the disease earlier and prevent patients being passed repeatedly between healthcare providers.

It is also calling on the local health authorities to come up with ways to improve care for patients with cancer and after treatment.

Across the country, the NHS is now making great strides in upgrading modern cancer radiotherapy equipment and ensuring faster access to the most promising new cancer drugs.

Because the quality of NHS cancer care has improved so much over the past year, an extra 2,000 families will be able to celebrate the Christmas holiday with a loved one who has successfully survived cancer.

– NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens