The three-year investment package consists of £5m in 2012-13, and £10m in the following two financial years (2013-14 and 2014-15). £5m has been allocated to high priority technology investments for 2012-13 as follows:
- a linear accelerator for Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB).
- a replacement CT scanner in Ysbyty Gwynedd in BCUHB.
- genetics equipment at the Wales Institute of Medical Genetics at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, to include a next generation sequencer to allow rapid genetic sequencing.
- replacement ultrasounds and surgical image intensifiers (equipment used for imaging during surgical procedures) across Wales.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said:
“If we are to achieve our aim of a safe, sustainable and high quality health service for Wales, investment in innovation is vital.
“Technology has a major role to play in the future of the NHS in Wales. New technology allows more patients to be treated in or closer to where they live. It also gives clinical staff anywhere in Wales the information they need to provide better, safer, more integrated care.
“I am pleased to announce a Health Technologies Fund for Wales and look forward to supporting advances in healthcare so the people of Wales receive the best possible treatment available.
”I am also looking at new and innovative ways of applying new technologies as they are developed to ensure we provide the safest and very best services to the people of Wales.”
Finance Minister Jane Hutt said:
“As we continue to face a challenging financial settlement we have to make sure we are spending money where it is most needed.
“By supporting innovative new technologies in the health service we can ensure that Wales doesn’t get left behind and can meet the high expectations people rightly expect from the NHS in Wales.”