The UK Labour Party has published its 2024 election manifesto which calls for the wider implementation of medical technology such as AI systems, diagnostic scanners, and a clearer plan for procurement to equip the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

The manifesto comes ahead of the UK’s impending 2024 general election in which the Labour Party is predicted to form a majority on the 4 July election date. The NHS has taken centre stage in the election as the UK faces multiple crises across its healthcare systems.

Within the manifesto, among initiatives to expand the NHS workforce and further spin out trusts and services to bring medical services closer to patient communities rather than centralised within hospitals, is a call to ensure that NHS clinics and hospitals are better equipped with more diagnostic imaging and testing devices able to detect conditions such as cancer more frequently.

The manifesto reads: “A system reliant on pagers and fax machines is not fit for this decade let alone the next. Too many cancer deaths could have been prevented with earlier diagnosis. The NHS has fewer diagnostic scanners per person than other countries, with many ageing machines operating for long after they should.

“State-of-the-art scanners with embedded AI are faster and more effective at finding smaller tumours, saving lives. Therefore, Labour will introduce a new ‘Fit For the Future’ fund to double the number of CT and MRI scanners, allowing the NHS to catch cancer and other conditions earlier, saving lives.”

The announcement is likely good news for the general diagnostic imaging market, which saw stable growth worldwide following the Covid-19 pandemic. According to research by GlobalData, the global diagnostic imaging market saw sales of $31.9bn in 2023, with steady growth to sales of $45.8bn in 2030. Much of this is driven by the emergence of AI within diagnostic tools cutting down on processing time, as well as the emergence of more handheld diagnostic tools that simplify patient scanning.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

The Labour manifesto also claims that once in power the party will seek to drive the UK’s clinical trials scene by encouraging participation through the longstanding NHS patient app.

The manifesto reads: “Drawing on the strength of our National Health Service, Labour will also maximise our potential to lead the world in clinical trials.

“This means making the process more efficient and accessible, by speeding up recruitment and giving more people a chance to participate through the NHS app. This will mean putting Britain at the forefront of transforming treatment for dementia.”

Meanwhile, as the election rolls on, the NHS Confederation Expo 2024 in Manchester concludes two days of intense discussions on the future of the health service.