Patients of the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC) in Northwood are concerned that the facility could be moved to central London.
A Clinical Advisory Panel carried out an urgent review of MVCC in July, in which it said the building it’s located in is dangerous, its equipment nearly unusable and its staff too thinly spread to sufficiently look after patients.
As a result, the next step of the review by the NHS is to develop options for the future of the centre, which serves residents of Northwood and other local areas.
Because the Department of Health and Social Care has so far not confirmed if money will be invested in the centre to address the centre’s shortcomings, it’s believed that the MVCC may be relocated to central London, making it more difficult for patients to travel there for treatment.
An Independent Clinical Panel is now working with clinicians and patients on what the future services need to be in order to meet the needs of the MVCC population.
Patients and stakeholders, including local hospitals and Clinical Commissioning Groups, will be involved in developing a range of options over the next few months.
Labour’s Member of Parliament for Harrow West, Gareth Thomas, recently created a petition to keep the MVCC open, which has over 20,000 signatures.
He said: “MVCC, one of the NHS’s specialist cancer hospitals is under threat of closure once again. To lose this centre, and the fantastic team that works in it, would be an absolute disaster. But MVCC is so drastically underfunded and its buildings are an absolute disgrace, so unless significant investment is made by the government, it won’t survive in its current form.”
You can sign it at gareththomas.org.uk/mount-vernon-campaign/
Picture courtesy of Laura Burlingham