A Recent article in the Guardian once again reveals the extent of under-investment in the NHS
63% of 111 English hospital trusts have at least one scanner that is at least a decade old, with oldest MRI scanner aged 23, figures reveal……..
Across 111 of England’s hospital trusts, 63% have at least one scanner or treatment machine that is at least a decade old, according to figures obtained following freedom of information requests by Sky News. The statistics show that 21% of Linac radiotherapy machines at the trusts questioned are at least 10 years old.
Meanwhile, 11% of CT scanners are a decade old and 24% of MRI machines are at least 10 years old, with the oldest MRI scanner being 23 years old.
Commenting on the figures, Dr Giles Maskell, president of the Royal College of Radiologists, told Sky News: “It’s scandalous, frankly. It’s a major problem. Patients who are being treated on older linear accelerators are not getting the precision of treatment that they would otherwise, so the effect is there is more radiation to normal tissue around the tumour and not precisely to the tumour itself. It becomes critical if the tumour is near vital organs.”………