They also highlight how increased transport costs for flying radioisotopes in will be passed on to hospitals and call for more information on cost hikes and how they can be recouped through the NHS tariff system.
The authors write:
Special-Pricing Available on Medical Displays, Patient Monitors, Recorders, Printers, Media, Ultrasound Machines, and Cameras.This includes Top Brands such as SONY, BARCO, NDS, NEC, LG, EDAN, EIZO, ELO, FSN, PANASONIC, MITSUBISHI, OLYMPUS, & WIDE.
"We appreciate the bulk of contingency planning rests with goods suppliers but, given the crucial nature of these materials, we believe the Government has a clear responsibility to update the health sector about outstanding concerns. We ask that you provide urgent clarification on a number of issues relating to radioisotope supply:
· What guarantees can be given that reported customs delays at East Midlands Airport will not happen in future and which minister will have direct responsibility for this?
· What clear actions have been taken to ensure industry has sourced enough trained drivers to ensure timely delivery of medical radioisotopes to the North of England, the South West of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?
· What action has been taken to ensure future tariff reimbursements for nuclear medicine tests and brachytherapy cancer treatment (both in regards to individual and contract tariff rates) reflect increased costs caused by Brexit?"
To read the open letter in full, please visit: https://www.rcr.ac.uk/sites/default/files/joint-letter-to-pm-johnson-on-radioisotope-assurances.pdf
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