CANCER SERVICES: UPDATE 2

10 December 2009

Two recent events about the relocation next month of upper gastrointestinal (UGI) surgery in Cornwall and Devon to a new single centre of excellence at Derriford hospital in Plymouth demand attention.

The health overview and scrutiny committee of Cornwall Council has today referred to the government the transfer from Treliske hospital, Truro to Derriford hospital, Plymouth. I think this is a mistake. The fundamental argument for the transfer is about outcomes for patients and appears to me to be incontrovertible; other arguments fall before this one. Look again at this post which includes a link to the report by Griffin and Allum on the evidence for the transfer.

On the transfer of UGI surgery from the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital to Derriford, read the important short debate initiated by Angela Browning in the Commons yesterday (Hansard 9 December 2009 column 472-478). Her surgery argument left the minister saying he would inquire further: it appears different people in Devon are saying different things. This must be cleared up speedily and definitively.

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