Cancer Services

Health written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation has been undertaken with (a) the public, (b) patients and (c) clinicians by the Kingston Hospital NHS Trust concerning its proposal to switch secondary and tertiary cancer services from the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust to The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

This is a matter for the local national health services.

However, officials inform me that Kingston Hospital NHS Trust has not formally consulted on its proposal to switch secondary and tertiary cancer services from the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust to the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Representatives from partner organisations involved in the transfer of services have met with Kingston Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel (OSC) to assess whether the proposal merits formal public consultation. The outcome from this meeting was that all the proposals were positive and that formal consultation was not required.

However, the OSC recommended that the trust offers an open public meeting to enable any interested parties to learn about the proposed change. This will be held on 9 October 2006 at Kingston hospital.

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