'We need to put patients first': Campaign for breast screening service in Finchley (From Times Series)
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Petition calls for permanent breast screening service at Finchley Memorial Hospital
Campaigners are calling for a permanent breast cancer screening service at Finchley Memorial Hospital.
Ninety people have signed a petition which asks Barnet Borough Council to lobby for the provision of a static unit at the hospital in Granville Road.
A mobile unit, which provided breast screening services for women between 47 and 73 years old, was recently moved from Finchley Memorial to St Michael’s Hospital in Gater Drive, Enfield.
This will be reinstated from November 1, but the petition is calling for the service never to be removed again.
Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Finchley and Golders Green,Sarah Sackman, set up the petition.
Speaking to the Times Series she said: “They are bringing back a temporary unit in November but we don’t know how long for.
“We want to raise awareness of the importance of the service and the need for a permanent unit a Finchley Memorial.
“It is a much appreciated and well used service and I think we can all agree that earlier detection saves lives and saves the NHS money.
“If people in Finchley know they have a local service they will use it and by using it we can reduce the rates of cancer. If people have to travel far it is a discouragement.
"We need to put patients first.”
Councillor Helena Hart, Conservative cabinet member for public health and chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board, told the Times Series she has been “constantly pressuring” NHS England to provide a breast screening service at the hospital since it was relocated to Enfield.
She said: “We have had confirmation that a mobile unit will be reopened at Finchley Memorial as of November 1. We are in active negotiations with NHS England for the provision of a static unit – and we have much hope this will be done.”
MP Mike Freer has also been campaigning for a static unit at the hospital since 2009.
A spokeswoman for NHS England London Region said: “We are committed to moving to static sites for screening wherever possible. As such, we will be reviewing the model for breast screening services in Barnet.”
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