Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has called for a fresh public consultation surrounding the “opaque” procurement process that will see PET-CT scanning services be awarded to private company InHealth.
Layla, alongside other Oxfordshire MPs, has put pressure on the Government after the revelation was made that NHS England will be awarding the contract for PET-CT scanning services to a private firm rather than to the Churchill Hospital, who have provided the vital service to cancer patients since 2005.
Ms Moran has asked a series of Parliamentary Questions on the issue surrounding effects that the decision will have on accessibility, cost and quality of care by moving the service. Responding, the Minister said these were “included in the evaluation criteria”.
In addition to this Layla has also written to the Chair of the Cancer NPoC Board to request a meeting on the matter, expressing major concerns over the procurement process and calling for a “full public consultation” at the “earliest opportunity”.
Commenting Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:
“It looks to me like the whole procurement process surrounding PET-CT scanning services has been opaque and murky. I, and I’m sure other MPs in Oxfordshire, have seen this fill our post bags and inboxes – we must take action.
“I will continue to press for answers from the Government and hope the Cancer NPoC Board meet with me to discuss residents’ concerns and address the lack of transparency and adequacy of the public ‘consultation’ that was performed as part of the original procurement process.
“The lack of assurances given to vulnerable people is just not good enough. Local residents, doctors and patients need to be consulted adequately and given guarantees that the quality of care, cost and accessibility will not change – at the very, very least.”