Cancer treatments moved to Devon?

Many people were alarmed to hear in December that they only had a few days to stop cancer treatment being moved out of Cornwall!

 NHS England broke the law by failing to consult Cornwall Council on proposed changes to cancer services.

NHS England broke the law by failing to consult Cornwall Council on proposed changes to cancer services.

NHS England is consulting on a reorganisation of Radiotherapy Services for cancer patients.

The original deadline for the Consultation was 18th December, but NHS England failed to notify Cornwall Council (this is a legal requirement). NHS England have now admitted their error and extended the deadline until 24th January.

Next Steps:

·       This consultation simply decides which areas will work together to provide the full range of services.

·       A further consultation will decide exactly which services are available from which hospitals.

·       I will ensure that Cornwall Council’s responses to the consultations emphasise the importance of minimising travel times for patients in our rural community (especially for radiotherapy as patients may have to receive treatment on a daily basis for up to six weeks). We acknowledge the importance of rare cancers being treated by a doctor who has appropriate experience, which may mean Cornwall can’t have a specialist all to itself, but wherever possible, the specialist should come to the patient, not the other way around.