Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has welcomed the news that an agreement has been struck that means PET-CT scanning services may yet remain at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.
Layla has consistently been campaigning to get answers from InHealth, NHS England and the Government about a “murky” procurement process that saw the vital cancer service come under threat of relocation and the loss of the hospital’s clinical expertise.
The Lib Dem MP, working alongside other Oxon MPs, put pressure on stakeholders involved in the process to ensure that the service would maintain the same level of accessibility, quality and cost.
Layla has hailed the ‘in-principle agreement’ between NHS England, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and InHealth as a win and has said she will “keep up the pressure” on all the stakeholders involved to ensure that the decisions taken around these vital scans is in the best interest of patients in the area.
Responding, Layla Moran said:
“This small assurance from NHS England is the first sign of real progress thanks to patients, campaigners, doctors, nurses and others voicing their concerns. I will, of course, keep campaigning until the agreement is set in stone.
“We all know the Churchill’s PET-CT service is absolutely vital, and we must listen to patients and do what is in their best interest. Accessibility, cost and quality of care must not worsen, regardless of what happens in the procurement process.”