Bassetlaw Hospital trust bosses have hit back at John Mann MP’s claims that the breast cancer unit there is shutting down.
Mr Mann made the claims on social media this week, urging residents to sign a petition campaigning against the closure of the unit.
But Hospital trust bosses insist the MP’s claims are false and that certain breast cancer clinics in Worksop are only being “temporarily transferred” to Doncaster Infirmary.
However this will still leave some patients with a 36-mile round-trip for treatment.
But Sewa Singh, medical director at the trust, said: “Sheffield Teaching Hospitals currently provides some specialist breast clinics at Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop.
“However, due to an unusual combination of retirements and maternity leave affecting their specialist consultant oncologists, who provide the service, there needs to be a temporary move of two clinics from Bassetlaw to Doncaster Hospital, until the consultants return from maternity leave.
“These two specialist clinics see a relatively small number of patients and so the change will not affect all breast cancer patients, as breast surgeons and breast care nurses from our trust will continue to see and deliver care to most breast cancer patients at Bassetlaw Hospital.”
Dr Patricia Fisher, clinical director for Weston Park Cancer Hospital in Sheffield, said:“This is not about cuts or reduction in staffing or services, as we have been fortunate to recruit new consultant oncologists recently.
“However we do have some of our consultants retiring and have a higher than usual number on maternity leave, in addition to a number of new consultant posts we are still trying to recruit to.
“By temporarily re-locating the two clinics, it will enable our other specialists to continue to provide patients with the care they require locally as possible.”