To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) accessibility, (b) cost and (c) quality of care of moving the PET-CT scanning service from Churchill Hospital in Oxford as a result of the decision to award the contract for scanning to InHealth.
In 2017/18 a formal procurement process was undertaken by NHS England for approximately half of the PET/CT scanning services in England including the service provided to the population of the Thames Valley area. The evaluation criteria included clinical/service quality, patient access and cost. The preferred bidder InHealth submitted a bid which satisfied all the necessary criteria and achieved the highest score.
Patient access, quality and cost were included in the evaluation criteria. There are discussions currently in progress with both InHealth and Oxford University Hospitals about mobilising the new service. There are also discussions with the hospitals in Milton Keynes and Swindon about the start-up of their new services.