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As you all know, the Churchill Hospital’s cancer services, lead by Nick Maynard are renowned worldwide, annually saving hundreds of lives and preventing cancer from destroying families.  One of the most critical in-house teams that makes this possible operate two PET-CT scanners that tell our clinicians exactly what life saving treatments are necessary.
Back in 2016, NHS England (NHSE) were directed by the then Minister of Health, to put PET-CT services out to tender, in an attempt to drive down costs.  NHSE claim that they consulted us, the public, over a one month period between January and February 2016 through an online survey. Subsequently, NHSE awarded the PET-CT contract in Oxfordshire to a private company called ‘InHealth’. This company claims that it will at least match the Churchill’s service and that it will require less money.
This has not surprisingly caused a wide and deeply felt public outrage.
Nick Maynard (OOSO Trustee and Head of Cancer, OUHT) responded by saying “ If InHealth take over our PET-CT service, it will undoubtedly cause clinical harm to our patients. This cannot be allowed to proceed.”
Nick is not alone.  He has the overwhelming support of all consultants and clinical teams based at the Churchill hospital and the JR; Oxford University researchers; all OUHT patients and their families; and the widest spectrum of Oxfordshire’s residents, councillors and MPs.
A public meeting was held on Thursday 4th April at the County Hall in Oxford where the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) heard a series of three minute presentations from local public interest groups, charities, councillors and members of the public. The presentations put forward all the many very good reasons why the contract with InHealth should be revoked, keeping PET-CT services at the Churchill Hospital.
On behalf of OOSO, Jackie Beaumont presented our position to the committee in front of a room packed with angry people and media representatives carefully taking notes.  Jackie made clear, in the strongest terms, our concerns for patient safety and the damage this contract will inflict on the Churchill hospital, its staff and the people of Oxfordshire.
We now await decisions to be made at the highest level. We expect the Minister to revoke the contract and maintain the status quo.  Should this not happen, we will pursue the matter further, and if need be take it beyond the Minister. 

Matt Carter
OOSO Trustee

Plant Sale

Yet again this year Matt Carter has mustered his green-fingered friends to provide plants for purchase - all proceeds going to OOSO.

He has secured the same "pitch" as last year. The plants will be on display outside the main entrance of The Churchill hospital on Monday 20 May.

This event has proved popular in past years so try to be prompt to get the best choice of blooms.

Summer Lunch

Make a note in your diary for 29 June.

The OOSO Meeting will NOT be at The Churchill hospital.

We're travelling a little way north of Oxford to Weston on the Green. The reason is it's the venue for our Summer Lunch. Click here for pictures of the venue followed by a copy of the menu.

To book for the lunch just email me. Tickets cost £28 for a regular sized meal and £20 for a "patient-sized" (small) meal.

Walk with OOSO

It's not too late to book. Click here to see the scope of what the walk entails. Email us to register your interest.

We have a Joiners' Pack to send you. Appropriate hostelries have been co-opted for rest and recuperation at the end of each leg. Car sharing will be arranged so that we avoid over-filling car parks.

The walk is scheduled for Fri 16 Aug - Mon 19 Aug but you're welcome to "dip in" if the complete length is not practical for you.

Annual Bar-B-Que

Those of you who have enjoyed one of Ann's Munchies BBQ's in Wytham Woods will be pleased to know that Ann is repeating the treat again this year.

The venue is spectacular, there's protection against inclement weather, the munchies are more-ish and the music makes your worries float away.

See you there on 7 September.

Kind regards

Jackie Beaumont

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