Proton Beam Centre Coming To London

4 April 2015, 12:09 | Updated: 4 April 2015, 12:12

London is going to be home to one of the first three proton beam therapy centres in the UK.

Proton Partners International Ltd is to open the treatment centres in the capital, Cardiff and Northumberland by 2017.

The announcement comes not long after the parents of brain cancer survivor Ashya King told how the five year old made a ''miracle'' recovery after receiving proton beam therapy which was initially not available to him on the NHS.

Brett and Naghmeh King sparked an international manhunt after taking their son out of hospital in Southampton without doctors' consent.

The Proton Therapy Centre (PTC) in Prague, where Ashya received the treatment last year, said it was ''thrilled'' to hear news that a recent scan showed no sign of a tumour.

The new UK centres will be available for NHS patients from England, Scotland and Wales, medically-insured private patients and self-paying patients.

Institutional and private investors have committed to almost £100 million equity finance in the company.

Professor Gordon McVie,  who has been appointed chairman said: "This is an exciting and important development of the provision of cancer treatment in the UK. As things stand, patients who can benefit from this treatment have to go abroad for treatment, often at great expense to the NHS.

"The creation of these centres will go a long way to ensuring the very best of treatment is available in the UK."