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England to spend £70 million on 45 linacs:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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As Clinica went to press, the UK's Department of Health announced a £70m ($105m) investment programme to provide England with 45 new linear accelerators (linacs). 25 of these will consist of new facilities providing radiotherapy treatment for an estimated 10,000 more patients a year; the other 20 will replace existing equipment. The initiative will meet the government's commitment to provide the National Health Service with more than four linacs per million inhabitants in England, said health secretary Alan Milburn. At the end of 2001 the NHS had 50% more CT scanners, 86% more MRI scanners and 22% more radiotherapy machines than in 1997.

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