Following recent reports about the relocation of the PET-CT scanner service from the cancer service at the Churchill Hospital, Victoria has written to the Chief Executive of NHS England to raise her concerns. The decision, which was taken by NHS England following a period of competitive tender, will see the service outsourced to InHealth.
In her letter to the Chief Executive, which can be found below this post, Victoria expressed her dismay at the decision and how it has been taken. She copied her letter to the chair of Oxfordshire’s joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee which will consider the change in service provision at their next meeting at the beginning of April.
On Monday 11 March, during a visit to the Horton General Hospital, Victoria also had the opportunity to discuss the matter with Chief Executive of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Bruno Holthof, who had been responsible for operating the service from the Churchill Hospital. The Trust already provides a world-class service to its patients. Future arrangements must ensure this remains the case. It is essential that concerns are conveyed to NHS England and that they engage in an open and transparent dialogue with all involved.