An Indian Radiologist who agreed to come to Southport Hospital was eventually not recruited because of visa problems, a meeting of Breast Cancer patients and their supporters was told.
Dr John Pugh MP had called the meeting to allow patients and concerned members of the public to question Health bosses about how the Breast Cancer Service had been lost, what was happening to it now and what was going to happen in future.
Hospital Chief Executive Jonathan Parry told the meeting that services including chemotherapy might potentially continue to be provided at Southport – but it was unlikely that breast cancer surgery would carry on locally. This was already being done by specialist surgeons at Aintree hospital and was likely to continue to be done there.
Those present were also told of the hospital’s recent attempts to recruit a radiologist from India. They had found a willing applicant but could not get a work visa for him.
Dr John Pugh MP said:
” I was amazed that the hospital did not draw this visa issue to my attention but let the appointment and the service go. Many Southport residents see me over visa issues and my office is often able to help.”
This is the other side of the immigration debate where we sometimes lose the specialised skills we need. I really think, if told in time, we could have helped here. The hospital speaking out about the problem after the decision to close down is made is not what patients and public would have wanted.”
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