The UK’s top hospitals for treating cancer have been found to be among the poorest performers in terms of how patients are treated, according to a study conducted by Macmillan Cancer Support.
The study, based on the Department of Health’s 2010 National Cancer Patients Experience Survey, also indicates that eight out of 10 worst hospital trusts when it comes to supporting cancer patients are in London,.
Aspects such as whether the cancer patients were given sufficient information about their treatment and emotional support were evaluated in the study.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Royal Free and Whittington Hospital were among the worst rated hospitals.
Macmillan’s director for England, Stephen Richards noted that quality cancer services are not judged by survival rates, and opined that the mixed population in London and high turnover of hospital staff made better patient care difficult.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust spokesperson told the Telegraph the survey had been undertaken between January and March 2010, when the care provided to some of the cancer patients was below the standard.