U-turn over plans to privatise cancer scanning services

27 March 2019 – Guardian

NHS bosses have made a significant U-turn over plans to privatise cancer scanning services after an outcry from MPs, doctors and patients.

The rethink means the two scanners used for the tests at the cancer centre at the Churchill hospital in Oxford will remain there, after the new private contractor was forced to drop plans to move them elsewhere.

More backtracking now means that the NHS staff who operate the PET-CT scans at the hospital will continue to do so. Personnel from InHealth, the firm handed the contract to run the service by NHS England, will have no role at the Churchill.

The two changes represent a significant retreat by NHS England and InHealth and follow warnings that ending PET-CT scanning at the Churchill would be “a disaster” for patient care.

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