Colchester Cancer Treatment Failings

Another bitter pill to swallow for NHS as Whistleblowers expose failures

With the Mid Staffordshire and Furness scandals still looming large in the public consciousness, the Care Quality Commission has recommended that Colchester be placed in 'special measures' following allegations of poor cancer care and falsification of patient records.

The CQC were alerted to the failings by a whistleblower, and carried out an inspection which found that a third of patients sampled had been placed at risk by delayed care. The NHS must abide by strict guidelines for timing of cancer referrals and treatment, although these targets are often missed.

Equally chilling are the allegations of a culture of bullying and manipulation, with senior management reportedly pressuring staff into amending records. It is over a decade since the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry and the Kennedy Report identified an influential clique as one of the causes of systemic failings; there, as now, shortcomings were concealed, and to see similar issues arising at Colchester is not encouraging.

You can read James Meikle's article for the Guardian here.

Michelmores are clinical negligence specialists with a particular interest in Whistleblowers and negligent hospital treatment. Laurence Vick, head of the team, was lead solicitor to the Bristol Heart Children Action Group, and continues to represent the families of those harmed at the hospital.

You can read Laurence's article on Whistleblowers here.

Michelmores' Oliver Thorne is monitoring hosptial cancer waiting times. You can read his analysis of waiting times here.

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