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Oxford University Hospitals loses CT scan contract to InHealth
Churchill Hospital in Oxford has lost a contract to provide cancer scans to patients across the Thames Valley to a private company InHealth.
According to doctors at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH), NHS England has awarded the contract to InHealth to provide PET-CT scans to hundreds of patients a year, despite Oxford University Hospitals, who has provided the service since 2005, submitting a rival bid.
Clinicians, health campaigners and politicians say the move could lead to sick patients having to travel away from the hospital to have the scans and that InHealth will not be able to offer the same expertise as that provided by OUHdoctors at the
Representatives of NHS England visited the PET-CT scanning services centre at the Churchill hospital yesterday in recognition of the facility's status as a Centre of Excellence.
A letter sent to Governors at Oxford University Hospitals revealed that Trust chairman Dame Fiona Caldicott is urging the matter be taken up by the county's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) to then be escalated to secretary of state Matt Hancock.
Campaign group Keep Our NHS Public has urged people to write to the OUH board and HOSC claiming the move would undermine patient's health.