Closed petition Hold an independent inquiry into the choice of site for the proposed new Velindre Cancer Centre.
£30M would be spent on roads alone to access the land on which the new Centre is proposed. The old Whitchurch Hospital and the existing Velindre site have access in place already, and are viable alternatives.
The current plan is not in line with best practice for modern joined up cancer care, which is person-centred with services physically linked to larger acute hospitals. Heath Hospital offered Velindre space alongside Cardiff Uni cancer research in their new build due to start in 2023.
Velindre University Health Board would swap their current land (Whitchurch hospital site) for the meadow land, (owned by Cardiff and Vale Health Board). £30M of tax payers money would need be used to build access roads to enable building to take place on this land-locked meadow linked to SSSI.
Taking away the Northern Meadows would be hugely detrimental to physical and mental well-being.
Cancer treatment has become more complex, and patients undergoing treatment have increasingly complex issues. Locating at the Heath alongside Cardiff Uni cancer research, would provide rapid access to intensive care and other key medical and surgical specialties when patients need them.
The proposed Velindre Cancer Centre model is outdated & must be scrutinised. Onsite surgical and medical support services are considered ESSENTIAL: https://www.england.nhs.uk/east-of-england/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/08/Independent-Clinical-Panel-Report.pdf
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The Senedd debated this topic
This topic was debated on 3 March 2021
The petition was debated by the Senedd in Plenary on 3 March 2021
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Health, Social Care and Sport Committee evidence session
The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee raised the proposed development of a new Velindre Cancer Centre with the Minister for Health and Social Services and the Chief Medical Officer during a Committee meeting held on 30 September 2020.
Read the transcript here: https://record.assembly.wales/Committee/6443#C313015
Watch the session here: http://www.senedd.tv/en/6443?startPos=98&l=en