LUFF DEMANDS GOVERNMENT ANSWERS ON HEAD AND NECK CANCER SERVICES IN WORCESTERSHIRE
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LUFF DEMANDS GOVERNMENT ANSWERS ON HEAD AND NECK CANCER SERVICES IN WORCESTERSHIRE

Peter Luff has today tabled a series of parliamentary questions on the future of Head and Neck cancer services in Worcestershire.


Peter Luff has today tabled a series of parliamentary questions on the future of Head and Neck cancer services in Worcestershire.

After inviting bids from the region’s hospitals, the Three Counties Cancer Network has recently recommended that all of Worcestershire’s Head and Neck cancer services be transferred to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

The decision has been criticised in Worcestershire amid claims that the bid from Gloucestershire was seriously flawed. The submission was allegedly received after the agreed deadline and consisted of misleading and inaccurate data. The MP for Mid Worcestershire has now asked the Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham, to answer a series of questions and to make a statement on the situation.

Peter commented,

“I am seriously concerned that this decision has been taken without the best interests of Worcestershire patients in mind. I am worried that there would be a real decline in overall patient care if Head and Neck cancer treatment is carried out only in Gloucester.

“Consultants at Worcestershire Royal Hospital are totally unconvinced of the need to merge Head and Neck cancer treatment into just one regional centre. Many cancer patients in the county would have to travel for over an hour for treatment and equally, clinicians would have to spend an inordinate amount of time away from the hospital in order to reach them.”

“I am very concerned that the loss of these relatively specialised cancer services could be the beginning of the end for all hospital based cancer treatment in Worcestershire”

“I have asked the Department of Health to give us some much needed answers on regional Head and Neck Cancer services as soon as possible. I will not let this recommendation go unchallenged.”

ENDS


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