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NHS will need to replace half its expensive equipment within three years

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 30 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2061
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

NHS trusts will have to replace around half of expensive “high value equipment” such as scanners within three years, a report warns.

The report by public spending watchdog the National Audit Office published on 30 March warns that trusts could struggle to find the money to replace equipment such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners and linear accelerator machines (linacs).

Managing high value capital equipment in the NHS in England criticises trusts for not securing value for money when buying and operating this equipment.

Each computed tomography scanner costs around £579 000 (€660 500; $930 000), a MRI scanner costs £895 000 and a linac, £1.4m, says the …

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