Half a million lives will be saved over the next decade under plans for gene revolution in NHS

Genetic tests will be offered to all children with cancer and adults with some of the most hard-to-treat diseases in a bid to save half a million lives within a decade.

Health chiefs said a “gene revolution” would transform survival rates from some of Britain’s biggest killers, as they announced a 10-year plan for the NHS.

By the end of this year, every child diagnosed with cancer will be offered tests which mean they can be given personalised treatment, boosting its effectiveness.

The same steps will be taken for adults with major cancers such as breast and prostate, as well as those at high risk of heart attacks and strokes.

NHS officials said the cutting-edge breakthroughs, combined with the…