Ed Miliband talks to UCLH radiographers
Mr Miliband spoke with staff and patients at the Trust’s radiotherapy department during a tour led by Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, Geoff Bellingan, medical director and Julia Solano, radiotherapy services manager.
As well as speaking with nurses and radiographers, he was told about the Trust’s new cancer centre – the first of its kind in the UK – which will open next year and plans to build a proton beam therapy centre which could open in 2015 to improve treatment for children and teenagers.
He said: “I love UCLH. It has special meaning for me because it’s where my children were born. It’s fantastic seeing what is being delivered for cancer patients here with the most modern technology. It is incredibly exciting to hear about the new plans for proton beam therapy and specialist cancer centre. It’s a great tribute to what UCLH is doing that it is cutting edge in so many different ways.”
Julia Solano, spoke to Mr Milliband about 2011 being the Year of Radiotherapy. She said: “It is about trying to raise the profile of radiotherapy as a treatment regime for cancer. Radiotherapy is often thought of as being outmoded but what we deliver here is absolutely cutting edge and can get fantastic results.”
UCLH’s radiotherapy department is the largest in the North Central London and West Essex Cancer Commissioning Network. It is the largest paediatrc and young adult centre for radiotherapy in the UK. The department sees approximately 2,000 patients per year and all radical patients are treated within 31 days.
Sir Robert said "It was a pleasure to show Ed Miliband around the hospital. He obviously cares passionately about the NHS, as we all do. It’s always nice to show off our great facilities, but even better to meet so many highly motivated professional staff proud to work here."