Cancer Services in Barking and Dagenham
I have been on a mission to improve cancer services in the Borough. Last month I wrote to the Chief Executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital demanding that action is taken to improve the startlingly low cancer survival rates across Barking and Dagenham.
Residents will know that I have always had my concerns about patient experience of Cancer services at Queen’s hospital, particularly the Cancer Day Unit. I have expressed these concerns to the past three Chief Executives during my visits to the hospital. Each time I have been reassured that patients are happy with their treatment. However, I was shocked to read the latest Macmillan Cancer Patient Experience league table. BHRUT are one of the ten worst trusts in England for Cancer patient experience. I have written to Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of BHRUT to express my dismay and ask how he can reconcile this with the assurances I have been given.
A cancer diagnosis can be life shattering. Positive patient experience is vital to a patient’s quality of life. BHRUT needs to take a long hard look at their cancer services and make sure that patients are being properly cared for at a time when they feel most vulnerable.