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Group formed over fears for patients' service

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Cancer patients and their families fighting to save a support service have formed a focus group.

They are meeting with officials from the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust this evening to try to find out what is happening to the psycho-oncology service.

The service helps patients come to terms with a cancer diagnosis and its effects.

Patients believe changes to the service will mean they have less time with a consultant psychiatrist and there will be less continuity.

Vivienne Hedges, from Wigston, whose husband David was referred to the service 10 years ago after he was diagnosed with lymphoma, said: "We have formed the group because we are worried about the changes.

"We need to keep the service as it is. We have asked for a meeting with the managers to make sure this happens."

The group has also invited health campaigner Zuffar Haq, a member of the Leicester Mercury Patients' Panel to the meeting.

Mr Haq said: "I want to hear what is said about this. This service needs to remain as it is for patients.

"I am not worried about which pot of money it comes from.

"Patients need to be cared for when they have cancer and they need the support of this service."

A spokesman for the trust previously said that changes were needed to the service "to ensure it stays within budget while maintaining high levels of care and the same level of service".


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