The Prime Minister has been asked for her views on claims, from a leaked memo by a leading doctor, that treatment for cancer patients would have to be delayed at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford because of a shortage of trained nurses.

At today's Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in parliament, the Shadow Health Minister Luciana Berger asked if the PM would apologise for the 'appalling situation'.

"The trust has made clear there are absolutely no plans to delay the start of chemotherapy treatment or reduce the number of cycles of treatment given to cancer patients.

Prime Minister Theresa May at PMQs

In a statement the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said that it had not made any changes to its formal policy for chemotherapy.

After PMQs was finished, the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon raised the issue in the House of Commons through a point of order.

"Seriously and terminally ill patients at the Churchill Hospital now face delays and cuts to rounds of chemotherapy due to a chronic shortage of specialist staff," said the Liberal Democrat MP.

Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon

However, the commons speaker John Bercow, said that the issue had been raised at PMQs and that Ms Moran could pursue the matter through other means in parliament.

There has also been reaction today from the charity, Cancer Research UK.

“Cancer Research UK has been campaigning to urge the Government to tackle cancer workforce shortages in the NHS for the last three years. It’s totally unacceptable that these shortages could lead to delays in patients getting cancer treatment.

Sir Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive, Cancer Research UK