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Media Monitoring: 14 – 20 March

By March 21, 2024No Comments

Community diagnostic centres deliver more than 7 million checks

  • CDCs have now delivered more than 7 million tests, checks and scans across England
  • The milestone comes as figures show diagnostic activity in every month in 2023 was the highest for that month on record, with the government pledging to deliver 17 million tests across CDCs and its other investments in diagnostic capacity by March 2025.


International Horizon Europe campaign launches to supercharge links between UK researchers and colleagues in Italy and Spain

  • UK launches PR campaign launches across print, online and podcasts in Italy and Spain to encourage firms and researchers to work with UK researchers through Horizon Europe.
  • UK associated to Horizon Europe at the start of 2024 – with around £80 billion in grants available to bidders from UK, Italy, Spain and beyond.
  • Further information, including practical support on how to apply is available on Innovate UK’s website andalso host regular events that help guide businesses and researchers through the opportunities on offer and the application process.


Cancer deaths plummet in middle-aged people

  • Fewer middle-aged people are dying from cancer in the UK than at any point over the last 25 years, a new study from Cancer Research UK has revealed.
  • Published in the British Medical Journal, this is the first major study to examine trends in cancer incidence and mortality amongst middle-aged adults (35-69 yrs.) in the UK between 1993 to 2018.
  • Cancer Research UK is also calling on the Government to diagnose more cancers earlier. Bowel cancer screening should be optimised to reduce inequalities in access and reach as many eligible people as possible.


UKRI announces new investment for international collaborations

  • UK and international researchers are being supported to tackle health challenges and develop the technologies of tomorrow with new partnership programmes.
  • Disease prevention, sustainable aquaculture and capacity strengthening for early career researchers are among the areas that will be addressed.
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is investing a total of £42 million of Official Development Assistance (ODA) through the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF) across three new programmes.


Healthcare Science in Scotland – report

  • The approach will try to develop healthcare science in Scotland and sets out a vision and ambitions for the profession, and also the key themes in which future work will be undertaken by the Scottish Government.


Scottish university helps create lateral flow tests from used chewing gum

  • A Scottish university has teamed up with a moulding company to create medical equipment from chewing gum scraped from the streets and old fridge components.
  • Prof Kersaudy-Kerhoas, who leads the team, has produced five devices made from High Impact Polystyrenes (HIPs), which are taken from a range of recycled plastics including “post-consumer” chewing gum and fridge parts.
  • It is estimated that over four billion LFTs are manufactured every year, with around 16,000 tonnes of plastic produced globally each year for them.
  • Prof Kersaudy-Kerhoas said that, if creating LFTs from sustainable materials becomes the new norm, carbon emissions can be cut by 30-80%.


Blood test could identify patients most at risk of heart failure death (paywall)


The Monthly Diagnostics data for January 2024 can be found here.

  • The total number of patients waiting six weeks or more from referral for one of the 15 key diagnostic tests at the end of January 2024 was 414,400. This was 26.2% of the total number of patients waiting at the end of the month.
  • Nationally, the operational standard of less than 1% of patients waiting six weeks or more was not met this month.
  • Compared with January 2023 the total number of patients waiting six weeks or more decreased by 71,600 while the proportion of patients waiting six weeks or more decreased by 4.5 percentage points.
  • In the last 12 months, the proportion of patients waiting six weeks or more at the end of a month has varied between 23.3% (November 2023) and 27.6% (April 2023).
  • The estimated average time that a patient had been waiting for a diagnostic test was 2.6 weeks at the end of January 2024.
  • There were 1,579,300 patients waiting for a key diagnostic test at the end of January 2024. This is a decrease of 800 from January 2023.
  • A total of 2,338,500 diagnostic tests were undertaken in January 2024. This is an increase of 156,500 from January 2023.