As reported in The Guardian, one of the biggest NHS trusts will stop providing chemotherapy at one of its hospitals due to shortages in specialized nurses to staff the unit. The Cedar Centre at King George hospital in Ilford, East London will cease provision on November 12 due to a lack of qualified nursing staff.
More than 500 cancer patients visit this hospital per year and now must go to another hospital nearby. As was quoted by Macmillan Cancer Support it is “hugely concerning” and an ominous data point involving “extreme workforce pressure.” Many health institutions include clinical research divisions. Just because a medical department experiences severe challenges doesn’t mean that its’ clinical research division does as well. However, we look at health institutions holistically and will monitor how NHS trusts such as Cedar Centre at King George Hospital are conducting business including staffing.