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London hospital defends hotel decision

9th November 2010

University College London Hospitals has said its use of a local hotel to provide accommodation for cancer patients represented an "outstanding and cost-effective service".

The trust allows patients who require daily treatment to stay in the four-star Grafton hotel at a cost of £120 a night because it is less expensive than providing a bed at the hospital for them. Fiona McEvoy, of The Taxpayers' Alliance, said she found it "astonishing that it costs more to put people up in a bed on a ward on the NHS than in a flash hotel in central London".

 

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Julia Lofts

Wednesday 10th November 2010 @ 14:37

The hotel looks incredibly nice and perhaps was correctly called a ‘flash hotel’. However, if the hospital chooses to use its budget in this way it must the hospital’s choice. It is not unusual to be short of beds in a ward/hospital. Being able to help more people should only be appreciated and supported. I don’t understand what the problem is – it’s simple maths. The cost of each bed in a hospital includes not just the space it takes, but also the cost of staff working through the night. I can’t imagine a hospital taking these measures for no serious reason or when they have plenty of free/spare beds available.
Plus making cancer patients a bit more comfortable coping with this horrible condition… isn’t that worth it?!


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Article Information

Title: London hospital defends hotel decision
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 16630
Date Added: 9th Nov 2010

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