STRUCTURE:  The public have been invited to attend a talk about the future of liver surgery at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on 14 September.

The East of England Specialist Commissioning Group will soon be consulting on a proposal to centralise liver cancer surgery in one centre in the East of England.

The FT said in a statement that the liver service provided in Norwich has “excellent clinical outcomes” and the “hospital governors have already voiced their support for ensuring that the service continues to be provided in Norwich”.

NNUH chair David Prior says:  “This talk will demonstrate the very good outcomes for cancer patients requiring liver resection surgery achieved at NNUH and the very close clinical association between liver surgery and colorectal surgery. 

“There is a suggestion that liver surgery may be moved from Norwich, a move that we believe would be detrimental to patients.”

Alan Stephens, who leads the patient group Together Against Cancer and has undergone liver surgery at NNUH, said:  “I have benefited from the excellent care available at Norwich and would like to see this service continue for other patients. 

“It is essential that the two elements of the service – liver surgery and colorectal surgery – are offered together.”