Primary cancer hospital scores lowest in quality of service

THE primary radiotherapy centre in the country has scored lowest in the quality of its cancer service in a survey of six Dublin hospitals by a team of international experts.

The six Dublin hospitals that applied to become sites of radiotherapy services were given grades by a panel for the quality of current cancer service delivery and commitment to research, education and training as part of an evaluation. The panel scored St James’s Hospital highest for quality of current cancer care, with 90.8 points out of 100.

St Vincent’s University Hospital was awarded 87.4, Beaumont Hospital received 78.6, Tallaght Hospital was rated 76.4 and the Mater Hospital was rated 75.4. But St Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar, received just 60.6, according to a report carried in the Irish Medical Times.

St James’s also scored highest in commitment to research, education and training with 93 points out of 100.

St Vincent’s scored 86.6, Beaumont 77.6, the Mater 74, Tallaght 65.2 and St Luke’s 56.6.

The scores for quality of care were broken down into categories like the number of programmes in audit, quality assurance, accreditation and risk management and extent of guidelines or protocols for the management of oncology patients. The adequacy of linkages of the oncology and support services with other hospitals including outreach hospitals, with primary and community care and with palliative care services, was also looked at.

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