Monday 11 April, 2016, marked a significant step forward in my campaign for a permanent breast screening unit at Finchley Memorial Hospital. In a letter I received from the Chief Executive of the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust on Monday, I was informed the placement of a purpose built static screening unit had been agreed in principle.
Until recently, I had encountered resistance from the NHS as they felt a permanent scanning unit would not be more efficient than a mobile travelling unit. However, after a meeting with the Senior Operations Manager at the end of March 2016, plans were approved (in principle) for a future static site at Finchley Memorial Hospital.
Following this announcement, I will be working with both the Royal Free and Finchley Memorial to ensure funding is secured for siting the permanent breast screening unit there.
I remain strongly of the view that having a permanent scanning unit at Finchley Memorial Hospital will better serve women living in the local area. For that reason, I will continue to press the NHS and others on behalf of local residents to secure funding for the provision of a permanent breast screening unit here in Finchley.