Jan. 11, 2023 – Citing aging infrastructure and anticipated future demand, the Welsh government is taking action to establish a stable supply of medical radioisotpes for citizens of the United Kingdom.
World Nuclear News reports:
The Welsh government says that, as things stand, exisiting facilities coming towards the end of their lives means the UK could have to start rationing medical isotopes by 2030 which could harm patient outcomes. Project ARTHUR would supply the National Health Service in Wales as well as the rest of the UK with medical isotopes and would be a “commitment of 60 to 70 years”.
…Welsh Economy Minister Vaughan Gething said the vision was to create “a world-leading nuclear medicine facility, which will bring together a critical mass of nuclear science research, development, and innovation.”
Additional detail about the project and plans to create a “global centre of excellence in nuclear medicine” is available the Welsh Government’s press release.