Neglected NHS cancer hospital is unfit for purpose, says report

03 October 2019 – Guardian

An inquiry has found that patients at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre who are extremely unwell or dying are getting substandard care due to a lack of medical expertise and facilities needed to manage them properly.

Mount Vernon in Hillingdon, north-west London, is one of the NHS’s specialist cancer hospitals, along with London’s Royal Marsden and the Christie in Manchester.

The group of experts who undertook the urgent review on behalf of NHS bosses have concluded that Mount Vernon has been neglected for so long that it can no longer operate safely as an important regional centre of cancer care, is unviable and as a result its services need to be moved and rebuilt from scratch elsewhere.

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