Concerns over outsourced PET-CT scanning services raised by Layla Moran


Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has said she is “deeply worried” about the revelation that a formal procurement process was undertaken by NHS England for half of the PET-CT scanning services in England including the service provided to the population of the Thames Valley area.

This was revealed when the Lib Dem MP questioned the Department for Health and Social Care about the moving of PET-CT scanning services, following concerns raised by residents.

Ms Moran had asked the Department what the potential effects from moving PET-CT scanning services from Churchill Hospital in Oxford would have on accessibility, cost and quality of care. This has come in light of the decision to award the contract for scanning to the private company InHealth.

The Conservative Minister Steve Brine replied to Layla saying that the Conservative Government is currently in discussions with both InHealth and Oxford University Hospitals about mobilising the new service.

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Commenting, Layla Moran said:

“This is a concern that has been filling my postbag recently. The Government must give local residents assurances on the matter as soon as possible. I will be keeping the pressure up in Parliament to get answers.

“I am deeply worried by the sheer scale of services being outsourced from our NHS and into private business. Patients want to have confidence that when they go into a hospital for treatment, they can receive it all under one roof.

“Our NHS is a 24/7 care provider and that level of service should never be put in jeopardy. I will be seeking assurances from the Government that where these services have replaced NHS provision, patients are not negatively affected.”

Layla asked a Parliamentary Question about PET scanning in Oxford:

The Department of Health and Social Care has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (227414):

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) accessibility, (b) cost and (c) quality of care of moving the PET-CT scanning service from Churchill Hospital in Oxford as a result of the decision to award the contract for scanning to InHealth. (227414)

Tabled on: 01 March 2019

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for an answer:

  1. To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the contract for PET-CT scanning in Oxfordshire was awarded to InHealth and not Oxford University Hospitals Trust. (227413)
    Tabled on: 01 March 2019

Answer:
Steve Brine:

In 2017/18 a formal procurement process was undertaken by NHS England for approximately half of the PET/CT scanning services in England including the service provided to the population of the Thames Valley area. The evaluation criteria included clinical/service quality, patient access and cost. The preferred bidder InHealth submitted a bid which satisfied all the necessary criteria and achieved the highest score.

Patient access, quality and cost were included in the evaluation criteria. There are discussions currently in progress with both InHealth and Oxford University Hospitals about mobilising the new service. There are also discussions with the hospitals in Milton Keynes and Swindon about the start-up of their new services.


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