PRESS RELEASE FROM THE RT HON PETER LILLEY MP
Tuesday October 7th 2008
LILLEY BACKS RADIOTHERAPY UNIT FOR LISTER
Peter Lilley, the MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, is calling for a new radiotherapy unit at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.
After a meeting with the Hertfordshire NHS Primary Care Trust at the House of Commons on Tuesday 7th October, Peter said: “At present, my constituents needing radiotherapy have to make unacceptably long journeys, sometimes daily, to the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in north west London to receive their treatment.
“Originally we hoped that Mount Vernon would be moved to the once promised new super hospital at Hatfield. Now that hope has been dashed, the future of cancer services at Mount Vernon is being reviewed. One attractive new option is to set up one or more satellite units, linked to Mount Vernon, but carrying out most radiotherapy treatment elsewhere. I strongly hope that option proves feasible.
“If so, the logical place for such a unit would be the Lister Hospital. It serves the catchment area furthest from Mount Vernon so will help patients currently facing the longest journeys. The last thing you want when you are undergoing this vital but exhausting treatment is a long, tiring journey.
“It would also be good for the Lister, reinforcing its status as one of the foremost general hospitals in Hertfordshire.”
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