Oxfordshire councillors have accused NHS bosses of endangering patients, “flagrant” lawbreaking and intimidating a leading hospital trust over their controversial privatisation of cancer scanning services.
The councillors have written a strong letter to the health secretary, Matt Hancock, criticising NHS England’s behaviour and judgment. They have warned that cancer patients in the Thames Valley will receive a poorer service due to NHS England’s decision to take a contract for PET-CT scanning away from Oxford university hospitals (OUH) trust and hand it to the private firm InHealth. Matt Hancock will now decide whether to back the decision or risk legal action from InHealth by ordering a rerun of the tendering process.
Full article in The Guardian, 26 May 2019