VERDICT ON FUTURE OF MOUNT VERNON SEEMS TO BE ‘ANYWHERE BUT WATFORD GENERAL’

People commenting on the social media network Nextdoor have given a big thumbs down to the idea of moving the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC) to Watford General.

It’s unscientific, but the outcome from over 70 comments to a post asking for opinions on Mount Vernon (with over 10,000 views) was that:

  • The proposed move of MVCC to Watford General was not supported by a single commenter
  • Many people want to keep MVCC where it is, with greenery near at hand
  • Few people accept the argument that it would be safer and better to move MVCC next to an acute hospital where patients who need it can easily get life-saving treatment quickly

Hers is the link to the Nextdoor post and comments:

https://nextdoor.co.uk/p/cdFXHTR75nY8?utm_source=share&extras=MTc1OTIyMDU3MzExNjE%3D&utm_campaign=1715790018169

As it happens, there is a fairly strong case for moving cancer treatment centres close to acute hospitals with all the backup, ICUs etc.

But what people seem to be saying is that they want treatment to be in a place where they can enjoy some light and space while going through their often difficult times. Of course Watford General will have even less light and space after the towering infirmary has been built.

ONE OBVIOUS OPTION IS TO BUILD A NEW MVCC TOGETHER WITH A DECENT, WELL-PROPORTIONED, HUMAN-SCALE NEW WEST HERTS ACUTE HOSPITAL ON A NEW SITE AWAY FROM CRAMPED VICARAGE ROAD.

BUT THE NHS WON’T LISTEN TO THAT AND WON’T EVEN TRY TO LOOK FOR SUCH A SITE¬†