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Hospital Trust Tight-Lipped Over Oncology Changes

Hospital Trust Tight-Lipped Over Oncology Changes

Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 29th January 2020.

After we told you about the loss of some cancer services at Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals, the trust which runs them has refused our request for an interview.

It comes after the announcement of changes, which will see all first oncology appointments for new patients provided in Cottingham or Grimsby.

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It's claimed this will be temporary, with a full review after three months.

We've asked York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for an interview about this.

It hasn't offered us one but has issued a statement instead.

It said:

“The changes had to be made quickly on safety grounds, as there are not enough specialist staff to continue to meet the growing demand for services across all sites.

“A review, which is being led by the Humber Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance and involve York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and local commissioners, will look at the longer term solutions for providing oncology services for the people of North and East Yorkshire.”


There are 2 comments on this page.

zara, on 29th January 2020 7:44am
try improving your financial management then, there should be enough money for front line staff if less was spent on useless middle management and all the expenses that the top of the Trust award themselves. Apart from which it is marvellous how it is always the local hospitals that take the hit, why not make some of the York patients have to travel miles instead of always being us. The majority of people in this area always knew that once York took over we would be last in the queue with our begging bowl, they get the money and do not provide the services. Any 'patient safety' concerns are brought about by their incompetence.
JohnfromScarborough, on 29th January 2020 9:24am
On a practical point, if YCR do manage to get an interview then one of the questions should be about what happens to patients who arrive late for an appointment through no fault of their own due to train cancellations and late running. I hope the answer is not tough they will have to go to the back of the waiting list because this must be a very difficult time for the patient without this additional waiting time to receive what could, lets face it ,be life changing news.

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