External review launched to find out why Colchester's cancer scandal was not unearthed sooner

External review launched to find out why Colchester's cancer scandal was not unearthed sooner

External review launched to find out why Colchester's cancer scandal was not unearthed sooner

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AN external review is to be launched to discover why an investigation last year into claims cancer patient records were being altered failed to find any wrongdoing.

Concerns records were being doctored to meet treatment targets were raised through Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust’s internal whistleblowing process as far back as February 2012.

Unison said a female member of staff had told the union she was “so frustrated” at the lack of action following the complaint she had emailed Dr Coutts in the summer of 2012.

The unnamed whistleblower claimed she did not receive a response.

It only emerged this week, following an investigation by the Care Quality Commission, that some patients had cancer treatment delayed by more than 100 days.

A hospital trust spokesman said: “The Board of Directors is going to commission an external review which will look at the management response to the issues raised in the CQC report.

“This will cover issues such as who knew what, when, and what did they do, or not do. Therefore, we won’t be commenting any further at this stage.”

The investigation will also “determine whether staff have acted inappropriately and whether disciplinary action is warranted”.

For a special report, see Thursday's Gazette.

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6:08pm Wed 6 Nov 13

John Vencato says...

Is Essex Police formally investigating these accusations or not?

The number given by Essex Police control to members of the public in Colchester is reverting concerned patients back to a Colchester trust hospital team.

If Essex Police is formally investigating this case then I have a statement to make to Police, relating to Urology operation waiting times and waiting list issues and allegations made by hospital staff, dating back to October 2010 to March 2011.

Please get in touch?
Is Essex Police formally investigating these accusations or not? The number given by Essex Police control to members of the public in Colchester is reverting concerned patients back to a Colchester trust hospital team. If Essex Police is formally investigating this case then I have a statement to make to Police, relating to Urology operation waiting times and waiting list issues and allegations made by hospital staff, dating back to October 2010 to March 2011. Please get in touch? John Vencato
  • Score: 9

6:10pm Wed 6 Nov 13

The Mechanic says...

I reported a situation in 2011 to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman; the case took nearly 2 years my case was thrown out, where my wife and I were told by pre operation screening staff that waiting lists were being manipulated, by management.
Patients were being taken off the waiting lists and then put back on pushing them down the queue, this was the allegation made by the staff in question.
The motive was to get around the NHS 18 week rule constitution period of the right to treatment, after this period the patient has the right to mount a challenge.
My problem was in relation to Prostate issues, I waited 23 weeks in total nearly:
A close friend of mine had to wait over 7 months/over 28 weeks for a similar issue.
He claimed that the surgeon had accidentally put him on his private patients list, for treatment at a private hospital, whether that caused the long waiting list delay is unknown even though my friend was assured that he was placed back on the list in his correct position after the mistake had occurred.
My friend is a well known Lawyer in the town of some 35 years standing.
I attended the Keogh review they were told of the issues they did know, with waiting lists I know because I heard the cases, one of the Keogh team officers had watery eyes over the allegations, another was so angry that words could not explain the way she looked!!!
30 people turned up to the event where was the other 200,000 that it affected then?
There were 60 members and associates of the review team and only 30 members of the public in the Colchester event.
Bob Russell said he that he felt he would hold reservation to judgement during Keogh....
This is a clear indictment that managers at the top level should now leave the trust including the trusts governing chair oversight body.
I mean for God sake how much evidence do we need???
Bob Russell & Bernard Jenkin Please do something know???
I reported a situation in 2011 to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman; the case took nearly 2 years my case was thrown out, where my wife and I were told by pre operation screening staff that waiting lists were being manipulated, by management. Patients were being taken off the waiting lists and then put back on pushing them down the queue, this was the allegation made by the staff in question. The motive was to get around the NHS 18 week rule constitution period of the right to treatment, after this period the patient has the right to mount a challenge. My problem was in relation to Prostate issues, I waited 23 weeks in total nearly: A close friend of mine had to wait over 7 months/over 28 weeks for a similar issue. He claimed that the surgeon had accidentally put him on his private patients list, for treatment at a private hospital, whether that caused the long waiting list delay is unknown even though my friend was assured that he was placed back on the list in his correct position after the mistake had occurred. My friend is a well known Lawyer in the town of some 35 years standing. I attended the Keogh review they were told of the issues they did know, with waiting lists I know because I heard the cases, one of the Keogh team officers had watery eyes over the allegations, another was so angry that words could not explain the way she looked!!! 30 people turned up to the event where was the other 200,000 that it affected then? There were 60 members and associates of the review team and only 30 members of the public in the Colchester event. Bob Russell said he that he felt he would hold reservation to judgement during Keogh.... This is a clear indictment that managers at the top level should now leave the trust including the trusts governing chair oversight body. I mean for God sake how much evidence do we need??? Bob Russell & Bernard Jenkin Please do something know??? The Mechanic
  • Score: 13

8:02pm Wed 6 Nov 13

field walker says...

“The Board of Directors is going to commission an external review which will look at the management response to the issues raised in the CQC report. “This will cover issues such as who knew what, when, and what did they do, or not do.

The investigation will also “determine whether staff have acted inappropriately and whether disciplinary action is warranted”

The above two para's are scarcely believable.

On a very basic, simplified level, I have experience of being on ward for couple of weeks with my very ill mother who received shocking treatment, which we complained about. Next patient was being treated poorly, and yet look at the staff posted temporary signs/posters on the wall, all reporting "100% patient satisfaction this week" . Escalate that culture.....
“The Board of Directors is going to commission an external review which will look at the management response to the issues raised in the CQC report. “This will cover issues such as who knew what, when, and what did they do, or not do. The investigation will also “determine whether staff have acted inappropriately and whether disciplinary action is warranted” The above two para's are scarcely believable. On a very basic, simplified level, I have experience of being on ward for couple of weeks with my very ill mother who received shocking treatment, which we complained about. Next patient was being treated poorly, and yet look at the staff posted temporary signs/posters on the wall, all reporting "100% patient satisfaction this week" . Escalate that culture..... field walker
  • Score: 7

9:58am Thu 7 Nov 13

LeQueen says...

Someone, somewhere within the hospital ordered this to happen. Open a whistleblowers line solely for Colchester issues and watch all the evidence unfold.
Someone, somewhere within the hospital ordered this to happen. Open a whistleblowers line solely for Colchester issues and watch all the evidence unfold. LeQueen
  • Score: 4

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