Doctors say awarding PET-CT contracts to private firms ‘will undoubtedly cause clinical harm’
Government and opposition MPs are urging NHS bosses to halt the privatisation of cancer screening services in Oxford, which doctors are warning will damage patients’ health.
Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs in the area have united in protest at the deal. The private firm InHealth has controversially been handed a contract to deliver positron emission computerised tomography (PET-CT) scanning in the Thames Valley.
Cancer specialists say PET-CT scanning plays a vital role in helping them diagnose the disease, track whether treatment is proving successful at shrinking tumours and guide surgery.