Cancer Scanning in Oxfordshire

Malcolm Blackmore

Thu 14 Mar, 18:28

Subject: Cancer screening in Oxfordshire
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:20:36 +0000

Dear ,

A cancer screening service in Oxford has just been sold to a private
company. [1] Local NHS doctors are raising the alarm. They say it will
mean worse care for cancer patients across Oxfordshire. [2]

It’s not too late to reverse this decision. The Health Secretary Matt
Hancock has the power to step in and stop the sale. But it will take a
huge public outcry to make him do it.

Local MPs and doctors are speaking out against the sell off. [3] If
thousands of us all over Oxfordshire sign a petition to Matt Hancock,
telling him to reverse the decision, he’ll know this isn’t going away
quietly. It could force him to act.

Dr, will you sign the petition telling Matt Hanock to stop this NHS
service being given to a private company? It only takes thirty


The NHS cancer screening service at Churchill Hospital in Oxford is
world-leading. [4] But it’s just been sold to a private company who
want to use it to turn a profit. Doctors say that this decision could
cause harm to patients. [5]

But together we can reverse this. It will take thousands of us to get
involved, but a big enough public outcry could be enough to pressure
Matt Hancock to step in.

Will you sign the petition right now? 


Thanks for everything you do,

Mike, Ryan, Trish, Kieran and the 38 Degrees team

[1] The Guardian: Halt privatisation of cancer screening or risk
patient harm, MPs tell NHS England:
Oxford Mail: ‘Huge concern’ over loss of NHS cancer scans in Oxford:
[2] Banbury Guardian: Doctors and MPs join opposition to Churchill
Hospital cancer scanner privatisation:
[3] Oxford Mail: 'Extremely concerned': More reaction to NHS
outsourcing cancer scans:
Oxford Mail: ‘Huge concern’ over loss of NHS cancer scans in Oxford:
[4] See Note 1
[5] See Note 2
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Paul Rassam
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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..

Christine Battersby
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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 and writing to or emailing the other 2 people suggested there. 

Liz Leffman
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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.

Christine Battersby
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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:

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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