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Media Monitoring: 9 – 15 September

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NHS England have published performance statistics for July 2023.

The Monthly Provider Cancer Waiting Times statistics for July 2023 can be found here.

  • 77.5% of people were seen by a specialist within two weeks of an urgent referral for suspected cancer. This is a decrease from June 2023, which was 80.5%.
  • 91.8% of people treated began first definitive treatment within 31 days of receiving their diagnosis. This is an increase from June 2023, which was 91.3%.
  • 62.6% of people treated began first definitive treatment within 62 days of being urgently referred for suspected cancer. This is an increase from June 2023, which was 59.2%.
  • 73.2% of patients began first definitive treatment within 62 days of a consultant’s decision to upgrade their priority. This is an increase from June 2023, which was 72.9%.

The Monthly Diagnostics data for July 2023 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 June 2023 was 405,400. This was 25.5% 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 July 2022 the total number of patients waiting six weeks or more decreased by 25,200 while the proportion of patients waiting six weeks or more decreased by 2.5 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 25.0% (March 2023) and 31.3% (December 2022).
  • The estimated average time that a patient had been waiting for a diagnostic test was 3.1 weeks at the end of July 2023.
  • There were 1,591,400 patients waiting for a key diagnostic test at the end of July 2023. This is an increase of 54,200 from July 2022.
  • A total of 2,214,100 diagnostic tests were undertaken in July 2023. This is an increase of 243,800 from July 2022.


Labour warns global life science advantage at risk for UK

  • As world leaders gather for the G-20 in Delhi, Labour has warned the government must grab hold of the UK’s global advantage in life sciences by implementing a proper industrial strategy, with new data showing the UK has slipped from 2nd in the world to 5th for foreign investment projects since 2019.
  • There were only 94 inward foreign direct investment projects in the UK in 2019, second most in the world after the USA. This slipped to just 47 in 2022, 5th in the world behind the USA, Germany, India and Ireland.
  • Keir Starmer outlined the initial steps Labour’s industrial strategy would take to support the life sciences industry:
    Deliver a comprehensive innovation and adoption strategy, working with the life science industries and aligning with the life sciences vision;
    o   Reform procurement to spread adoption of new innovation, so innovators have a clear route to get their product into the NHS;
    o   Identify and reduce unnecessary bureaucracy, so we do not unnecessarily re-evaluate products;
    o   Work with the Care Quality Commission to ensure regulation involves speedy adoption of new technology.
    •        Ensure cross border cooperation between scientists and universities to unlock the potential of our scientific community;
    •        Scale up deployment of homegrown, clean energy to provide manufacturers and labs with a cheap, reliable source of power;
    •        An industrial strategy, backed by an independent advisory council on statutory footing, to provide certainty and confidence to investors;
    •        Reform our planning system to unlock investment in infrastructure needed for high growth sectors, including lab space;
    •        Ensure the UK capitalises on its world-leading universities and research base to grow the number of spinouts
    •        Leverage more institutional and patient capital into the high-growth enterprises and scale-ups


Dr Dave Smith takes helm as UK’s National Technology Adviser

  • The government has appointed Doctor Dave Smith as its National Technology Adviser, following the departure of Sir Patrick Vallance from the role.
  • Appointed by the Prime Minister after a rigorous process, Smith’s extensive expertise and leadership in the tech sector ideally places him to guide the nation’s tech aspirations.
  • Smith will report directly to the Department for Science Innovation and Technology’s Permanent Secretary to drive forward the work of the newest government department to drive innovation, create better paid jobs and grow the economy.


Medical technology outstripping other sectors in AI innovation – report

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the future of all industries, but findings published by intellectual property firm, Marks & Clerk, reveal the medical technology (medtech) sector is surging ahead.
  • The number of AI-based patent applications filed by the sector has almost quadrupled since 2018 to 2771 medtech publications in 2022.This is Marks & Clerk’s third annual AI Report, which uses EPO data to identify global trends in AI patent applications and provide analysis from the firm’s team of world-leading AI specialists.


Deliver once-in-a-generation NHS reform to avert killer costs and end second-rate care, landmark report warns

  • IPPR’s ‘plan for prevention and productivity’ in England’s health and social care service could save annual equivalent of the defence budget and secure the future of the NHS
  • Deep-dive audit of health and care services shows UK lagging behind peers on dementia, cancer and mental health
  • UK could have averted around 240,000 deaths in the 2010’s if it had matched avoidable mortality of European neighbours


PM meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore: 9 September 2023

  • The Prime Minister met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the G20 Summit in India today.
  • The leaders praised today’s agreement of the UK-Singapore Strategic Partnership. They underlined the document’s importance in elevating our already strong partnership and strengthening the work we do together across trade, security, and science and technology.
  • The leaders discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by AI.


New one-stop shop to find the topics government is interested in researching

  • A new tool which brings together all Areas of Research Interest (ARI) documents from across government departments in a one-stop shop is now live.
  • ARIs are lists of research questions or topics which government departments and agencies would welcome more research on to inform their policies and help close the evidence policy gap.
  • This new database allows anyone accessing it to search for particular areas of research interest, and find out what are the main research questions facing government departments.
  • If applicable, the database will also find research already funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and connected to the searched topic, thereby making it easier to identify existing evidence and experts in the field.