Cancer patients denied access to hospital’s £2.5million radiotherapy machine because of cost-cutting

A hospital has stopped treating cancer patients with a £2.5million machine because of cost-cutting. Doctors at Northampton General last used the state-of-the-art radiotherapy device, used for people with lung, liver and other tumours, two months ago.

The Mirror

One Response to “Cancer patients denied access to hospital’s £2.5million radiotherapy machine because of cost-cutting”

  1. Nicky Whilde

    Just to clarify… We don’t have a Cyberknife ‘lying idle’ here at NGH. I’m pretty sure I’d be aware if we did….

    Our Chief Executive has responded to this article. We were not commissioned to continue to deliver SABR in 14-15, as in our set-up year we didn’t achieve the minimum number of patients in the service specification. A small section of her response is copied below:

    ‘We are currently in discussion with University Hospitals of Leicester and the NHS England Lincolnshire and Leicestershire Area Team regarding provision of this service more locally as we recognise that, by working in partnership, we can achieve the minimum number of 25 patients per year and the required catchment area.’

    Fingers crossed that we will be in a position to deliver SABR again soon.

    Nicky Whilde
    Head of Radiotherapy Physics
    Northampton General Hospital