Medical director speaks out after Colchester General Hospital cancer record scandal

Gazette: Medical director Dr Sean MacDonnell Medical director Dr Sean MacDonnell

THE medical director at Colchester General Hospital said patients’ trust had been shaken by revelations cancer patients’ records had been altered.

Dr Sean MacDonnell said staff at the hospital felt angry and betrayed by the members of staff who had changed patients’ records to make it appear they were receiving cancer treatment.

He revealed Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust was now voluntarily instigating checks on cancer patient records going back three years.

He said: “Trust is the most important thing and I can understand how that trust has been shaken.

“Patients are putting their lives in our hands and if they can’t trust us it must be terrifying for them.

“That is what makes us so angry.

“One of the things which came out of the Keogh Review was how passionate staff are about working here.

“We spend our lives caring for patients. That is our number one priority.”

He added: “I live in Colchester and I am looking after my friends and neighbours.
“My family comes here when they are ill and so would I.
“That is also true of most of our staff.”

Dr MacDonnell urged all cancer patients to ensure they have their treatment.

He said: “I am really worried there are people out there who are worried about having treatment.

“They have to understand this is not about treatment.

“They must go ahead with their radiotherapy and chemotherapy.”

Dr MacDonnell said the trust was now examining the records of cancer patients going back three years to ensure there were no other inconsistencies.

“It is going to be a lot of work but we have a team on it and we are working with the Essex local area team from NHS England.”

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10:22am Sat 9 Nov 13

LeQueen says...

What we want to know is who falsified the records and who have the order. It's really that simple.
What we want to know is who falsified the records and who have the order. It's really that simple. LeQueen

8:43am Mon 11 Nov 13

totallyfootball says...

Its obvious who is to blame for all this, I had a rant on here a while ago and someone advised me to complain to Dr Coutts, 8 weeks on and he refuses to hear my concerns, he is spineless and clueless, I would do his job better and for half the money. The hospital is riddled with apathy and a more careless and care free environment would be hard to find. Can anyone tell me if they feel that it is right for a corpse to remain on the ward for in excess of seven hours after death? What does that do for moral of staff and patients let alone the dignity of the patient and relatives? The place is a disgrace, five a day, you would be lucky if you could get your five a week in that place, the food is bland and disgusting. Stop paying top executives vulgar and vile wages to do sod all and lets get back to caring for the sick!
Its obvious who is to blame for all this, I had a rant on here a while ago and someone advised me to complain to Dr Coutts, 8 weeks on and he refuses to hear my concerns, he is spineless and clueless, I would do his job better and for half the money. The hospital is riddled with apathy and a more careless and care free environment would be hard to find. Can anyone tell me if they feel that it is right for a corpse to remain on the ward for in excess of seven hours after death? What does that do for moral of staff and patients let alone the dignity of the patient and relatives? The place is a disgrace, five a day, you would be lucky if you could get your five a week in that place, the food is bland and disgusting. Stop paying top executives vulgar and vile wages to do sod all and lets get back to caring for the sick! totallyfootball

8:50am Mon 11 Nov 13

totallyfootball says...

Trust what trust, this lot make the train robbers look law abiding?
Trust what trust, this lot make the train robbers look law abiding? totallyfootball

1:23am Sun 8 Dec 13

TheEqualisers says...

LeQueen wrote:
What we want to know is who falsified the records and who have the order. It's really that simple.
THAT'S BLATANTLY OBVIOUS COME IN NUMBER 6.....

THE BOARD IS SHAKEN

THEY WERE TOLD AT THE F*****g KEOGH REVIEW,,,,THEY CHOSE NOT TO LISTEN

SO STAFF BLEW THE WHISTLE ON THEM AFTER....

FACT.....

THEY ALL KNOW WHO DID IT AND WHO WAS PUSHING THE BUTTONS

FOR F**K SAKE YOU LOT HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU NEED TO BE TOLD?????

HOW MANY MORE WHISTLE BLOWERS DOES THE TOWN NEED BEFORE THE MESSAGE GETS ACROSS????

COLCHESTER NEEDS TO BE RENAMED STEPFORD WE ARE ALL LIVING IN TRUMAN SHOW TV LAND.....
[quote][p][bold]LeQueen[/bold] wrote: What we want to know is who falsified the records and who have the order. It's really that simple.[/p][/quote]THAT'S BLATANTLY OBVIOUS COME IN NUMBER 6..... THE BOARD IS SHAKEN THEY WERE TOLD AT THE F*****g KEOGH REVIEW,,,,THEY CHOSE NOT TO LISTEN SO STAFF BLEW THE WHISTLE ON THEM AFTER.... FACT..... THEY ALL KNOW WHO DID IT AND WHO WAS PUSHING THE BUTTONS FOR F**K SAKE YOU LOT HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU NEED TO BE TOLD????? HOW MANY MORE WHISTLE BLOWERS DOES THE TOWN NEED BEFORE THE MESSAGE GETS ACROSS???? COLCHESTER NEEDS TO BE RENAMED STEPFORD WE ARE ALL LIVING IN TRUMAN SHOW TV LAND..... TheEqualisers

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