Serious failings found with Colchester cancer treatment

A review by NHS England has found problems with five cancer services at Colchester Hospital.

NHS report highlights alleged Colchester Hospital cancer failings

A damning NHS England report has been released today, revealing the full extent of Colchester hospital's failings in cancer treatment.

It highlights "serious failings" - including delays to diagnosis and treatment.

Urology, skin, brain, sarcoma, and radiology - were the five departments identified where treatment was considered "unsafe".

The findings follow an earlier report by the Care Quality Commission which suggested staff had been "bullied" into changing data.

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Trust welcomes report looking into the safety of Colchester Hospital cancer care

The NHS Trust which runs Colchester Hospital has welcomed a report published today looking into the safety of the hospital's cancer services.

The review was carried out by NHS England who found five areas of cancer care which were deemed to be "unsafe".

“We accept in full the report and its recommendations, and I would like to thank everyone who contributed for their work which shines a light on the way ahead for our cancer services.

“Today’s publication will help to shape our Cancer Action Plan and gives us an opportunity to create consistently good quality cancer services that our patients have the right to expect, a challenge which we have already taken up with great focus and determination.

“The report identifies a number of problems in our cancer services which are extremely concerning but which we have started to address."

– Dr Sean MacDonnell, Medical Director

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Review discovers "serious failings" in Colchester Hospital cancer treatment

A review has found "very serious failings" at Colchester Hospital.
A review has found "very serious failings" at Colchester Hospital. Credit: PA

A review looking at cancer treatment at the under-fire Colchester Hospital has found "serious failings".

The investigation was carried out by NHS England, following an earlier report by the Care Quality Commission which suggested that staff had been "bullied" into changing data.

Today's report found treatment in five departments was "unsafe". These included urology, skin, brain, sarcoma, and radiology.

The NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital today welcomed the publication.

Dr Sean MacDonnell, Medical Director, said the Trust was very sorry for the worry, distress and concern caused for patients, relatives and carers.

He added that the Trust had already started to make improvements before the CQC report was published on 5 November, such as by inviting in the national Intensive Support Team (IST) for Cancer in October.