Cost cutting: The UK is moving cancer patients into hotels. “According to a report in the Sunday Times, over 100 patients suffering from cancer or blood disorders at University College hospital (UCH) in London have already stayed at NHS expense at the Radisson Edwardian Grafton, a four-star hotel where rooms cost Â£168 a night.
Despite the high cost of the accommodation, it is cheaper for patients to stay in the hotel than in hospital. A bed on a cancer ward costs between Â£500 and Â£600 a night. Patients staying in privately run hotels benefit by spending more time with their families, in addition to avoiding the risk of picking up hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA.”