An NHS cancer hospital has such crumbling buildings, out-of-date equipment and staffing problems that patients’ safety and quality of care are at risk, a bombshell report for health service bosses has warned. Patients at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre who are acutely unwell or dying are receiving substandard care because it lacks the medical expertise and facilities needed to manage them properly, and its services need to be moved, an inquiry has found. 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 impending loss of most or all of Mount Vernon’s services will be of concern to Boris Johnson, as his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency is nearby. Voters in the seat are among the 2 million people in London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Berkshire for whom Mount Vernon is their nearest specialist cancer centre. However, despite its decrepit physical infrastructure, it is not one of the six hospitals the prime minister this week said would be rebuilt over the next five years with a £2.7bn injection of NHS capital funding. The 117-year-old London hospital is so dilapidated and short of doctors and nurses that… Read full this story
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