STRUCTURE: Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust is to review head and neck cancer services following “concerns and frustrations” expressed by patients and interest groups.
The trust decided to move those services to its Churchill Hospital in July 2010. However, in his statement to September’s board meeting, chief executive Jonathan Michael said: “It has now become clear that a number of factors (including activity changes and the current challenging financial climate) require a further review”.
Mr Michael added: “We are mindful of the concerns and frustrations expressed by a number of stakeholders, including patients, patient support groups and charities, who are closely identified with these specialist head and neck services and will link with these groups, and with our staff, to ensure they are included in the discussions that will take place in the coming weeks.”
He said the trust would consider the implications of the “changed circumstances in which the trust finds itself”.
Mr Michael also stressed that no decision to move away from the existing plan has been taken, and that the review would be carried out quickly and thoroughly.