University College Hospital London charging brain cancer patients £6,000 for potentially life-saving treatment, claims source

Brain cancer patients are being denied potentially life-saving treatment at an NHS hospital, unless they pay around £6,000 to use it privately. University College Hospital London, is not allowed to use a pioneering £2m machine, known as a ‘gamma knife’, to remove tumours while an inquiry into spending on radiotherapy is underway. A UCLH spokesman said: “Several years ago NHS commissioners agreed to pay for Gamma Knife treatment on an individual approval basis. We were subsequently informed that we will not be paid for this treatment while NHS England decides on a national strategy. We objected strongly to this decision and have pressed NHS England for a resolution; in the meantime we have been told to refer our own patients to one of the other two private facilities in London.”

The Independent