CANCER SERVICES RELOCATION: UPDATE

7 October 2009

Upper gastro-intestinal cancer surgery, presently at the RCHT hospital in Truro, is being transferred to a single specialist centre at Plymouth. Opposition still continues: see this report, ‘Protesters fight to keep cancer services,’ in today’s Western Morning News.

I’ve looked at this question already; I thought it was entirely settled and settled right.

In response to the latest moves Ann James, the head of the primary care trust in Cornwall, put the substance very well: the transfer is about “improving patients’ chances of survival.”

I have explained the persuasive reasons for the transfer, including the results of an independent review, in this post and this one.

The arguments for transfer are seriously convincing. For the NHS in Cornwall this debate rightly ended months ago.

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RCHT: Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, an NHS trust running three hospitals in Cornwall

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