Thu 14 Mar, 18:28
Subject: Cancer screening in Oxfordshire
Thu 14 Mar, 08:45
Thank you, Christine, for this depressing but important bit of news, and for the useful link. Perhaps Chris Grayling has been doing a bit of moonlighting at the Department of Health..
Wed 13 Mar, 16:38 (last edited on Wed 13 Mar, 16:38)
Thanks, Liz. It's good to know that you are aware & that the Lib Dem group is acting on this.
It's still worth people going to the website https://keepournhspublicoxfordshire.org.uk/ and writing to or emailing the other 2 people suggested there.
Wed 13 Mar, 14:55
Thank you, Christine. The Lib Dem group are aware of this and will be bringing it to the next HOSC meeting as this is a major change which should be scrutinised by that committee.
Wed 13 Mar, 12:08 (last edited on Wed 13 Mar, 12:10)
In case people have not picked up on news that the Churchill Hospital in Oxford is about to have its Cancer Scanning facilities privatised & perhaps also removed, can I refer people to the following link: https://keepournhspublicoxfordshire.org.uk/
The website explains that NHS England has decreed that PET scanning right across the South East should be put out to tender. PET (positron emission tomography) scanners are used in cancer care in the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Churchill in Oxford.
Oxford University Hospitals put in a bid to run its own NHS scanners (which work perfectly well at present). Despite being a Centre of Excellence & important for scientific and medical research, they lost the contract. This has instead been awarded to InHealth, a private, for-profit company, that has no scanners of its own, as yet no designated site for the scanners, with also a reduction in well-trained specialist staff.
They also explain how the whole process has been conducted in a highly secretive fashion, and that Oxfordshire County Council was not consulted in the way that it should have been. There has been a small amount of press & news coverage, but not enough. The Brexit shenanigans seem to drive out news of everything else.
As I know plenty of people in Charlbury who have used the NHS cancer services at the Churchill, & who feel reassured by being able to access the specialist teams at the JR & the linked Oxford hospitals, I thought it worth sharing the link.
The website gives suggestions as to who to write to complain about the lack of public consultation -- and, sorry, Liz Leffman, but this probably means that, as our local representative on Oxfordshire County Council, you may well get a lot of emails asking you to press for this to come before the Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee at the OCC !
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