Anneliese Dodds, Labour MP for Oxford East, today welcomed news from NHS England which appears to suggest that the PET-CT cancer scan service at the Churchill hospital will continue to be run by the local NHS rather than being privatised- at least for Oxfordshire patients.
After being alerted to the proposed privatisation of the service by concerned staff and patients, Anneliese doggedly campaigned against it. She wrote a number of times to the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, and lobbied officials from OUH and NHS England and Health Ministers in person a number of times. She also raised the privatisation in Parliament a number of times.
Anneliese said: “I’m delighted to see that the Churchill’s excellent PET-CT cancer scanning service will not be privatised. As I’ve said time and again, there is no justification for profit being made from this service. While it is concerning that there will be changes to the service outside Oxfordshire, at least in our county patients will still be treated by NHS staff, with benefits from the service and research undertaken within it all accruing to our own NHS and not a private company”.