Portsmouth to get funds to fight breast cancer

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PATIENTS in Portsmouth will benefit from £500,000 of new funding for breast cancer screening.

Yesterday it was announced that the Department of Health will spend more than £330m on providing new state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is set to receive a share of the money to pay for new digital mammography equipment – used for identifying breast cancer.

The announcement was welcomed by Lib Den MP for Portsmouth South Mike Hancock who said: ‘This is great news for women in our area, great news for the hospital and great that the Department of Health has responded to calls from MPs to put more money into the health service.’

The government said it would also spend more than £72m on urgent care facilities, including new operating theatres and a new A&E department.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘Ensuring patients have access to the best quality equipment and services is essential in a modern NHS that strives to put patients first.

‘This investment will mean that old facilities are revamped, there is more world class equipment in NHS hospitals and more patients get the scans and treatment that they need.’