Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Rutherford Diagnostic Centre Somerset in Taunton

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today paid a visit to the Rutherford Diagnostic Centre Somerset in Taunton which is one of the first community diagnostic hubs in England. The centre is run by Rutherford Diagnostics, a subsidiary of Rutherford Health plc, in partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

The Prime Minister praised the collaboration between Rutherford and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust which has delivered a “fantastic” centre. During the visit, Boris Johnson said he was focused on clearing medical backlogs aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the Rutherford Diagnostics Centre, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I am focused on what I think is the number one issue for British people and it is clearing the Covid backlogs, but also looking at what we can do with new techniques.”

He said diagnostics were part of the problem and the government was looking “absolutely ruthlessly” at waiting lists.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Rutherford Diagnostic Centre Somerset in Taunton 2 200122

Sean Sullivan, CEO of Rutherford Health, said: “We’d like to thank the Prime Minister for visiting us today – the centre is unique and plays an important role in helping to meet the need for diagnostic provision. We are working in a truly integrated way with the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and this is delivering a real benefit to patients on a daily basis.

“During today’s visit we also explained to the Prime Minister that we were looking to support the NHS further by offering diagnostic and cancer treatment services at all of our five centres across the UK on a not-for-profit basis.”

Rutherford Diagnostics provides diagnostic services from the centre in Taunton which offers Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound and X-Ray on equipment provided by Rutherford’s technology partner, Philips. The additional capacity at the Rutherford Diagnostic Centre Somerset enables Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to increase its diagnostic capacity significantly.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Rutherford Diagnostic Centre Somerset in Taunton 3 200122