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Health secretary is called in to settle row over cancer scanning services

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1632 (Published 05 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1632
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A dispute between NHS England and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust over plans to outsource the trust’s cancer scanning to a private company has been referred to the health secretary, Matt Hancock, to resolve.

NHS England’s decision to award the contract to provide the combined positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET-CT) scanning service to the private firm InHealth after open tender has prompted a backlash from the trust, which is concerned about effects on the quality and safety of patient care.

The regional service, which provides around 5000 PET-CT scans a year, has been run by the trust since 2005 …

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