A group of 30 pathologists have formed a private company and are selling their services back to the National Health Service (NHS).
The firm, called Pathlore, announced on 30 August it had signed deals with six NHS trusts, including Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and Rochdale in Lancashire.
Pathlore is aiming to diagnose suspected cancer patients anywhere in the country in less than five days, compared with delays of up to two months at some NHS hospitals.
All the pathologists will continue to work for the NHS and will work extra hours to fit in the diagnosis.
Alex Berland, head of the Department of Health pathology modernisation team, said the new firm could help fill gaps left by the national shortage of pathologists while maintaining high quality diagnosis.