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The difficulty some doctors and MPs have understanding a holistic approach to health treatment is only too evident in their response to the magnificent new cancer unit (by Greenhill Jenner, see page 36 ) at Barts Hospital in the City of London. The architect has used half a dozen artists to make the experience of being cared for in the ambulatory unit something special, and for an incredibly low budget of about £250,000.

Needless to say, the reaction from some quarters has been mindnumbing. The chair of the allparliamentary group on cancer, Dr Ian Gibson, said it looked as though the art had been provided for staff, not patients.

The impertinence of these people is beyond belief; the £13.5 million unit has been funded from donations, not the NHS, but it didn't stop a bore called Dr Richard Sullivan telling the Sunday Telegraph that Barts could be setting standards that others would struggle to follow - as though that was a reason for not doing the unit. It is a terrific new facility which the NHS would do well to replicate elsewhere.

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