Leasing expensive radiology equipment as a way of reducing costs is to be introduced by the Morecambe Bay hospitals trust.
Equipment for the most advanced technology, such as CT, MRI, X-ray and imaging can have a multi-million pound cost so UHMBT plans to advertise for public or private providers to come forward if they are interested in leasing equipment.
Jackie Daniel, chief executive of the trust, said: “Under this plan, the equipment would be replaced regularly to ensure it is always up to date, providing cutting-edge technology for our patients.
“Instead of spending millions of pounds on new pieces of equipment, the trust would lease equipment at a fixed cost each month.”
“This is not a move to privatise, sell-off or outsource the service and I would like to reassure staff that there will be no jobs affected by the proposals. It is purely concerned with the way the equipment is supplied.”
Linda Womack, head of Allied Health Professionals for the trust, said: “This would have the advantage of ensuring equipment would be replaced regularly to ensure it is always up to date – without us footing the bill for depreciation like we would have to on fully-owned equipment.
“Any leasing arrangement would also include support for maintenance and repairs and ensure the trust can exceed national regulations for x-ray equipment. This approach is commonplace.
“It’s exactly the same kind of arrangement as most people use for their cars and mobile phones.”