Cancer care delay police probe

22 cancer patients at an Essex hospital may have missed vital treatment after staff complained they were pressurised into changing waiting time data to meet national targets. Police are considering whether to launch an inquiry.

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22 Colchester cancer patients suffered 'undue delays'

A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found a number of cancer patients suffered "undue delays" at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.

A spokesman said that of the 61 care records examined, 22 showed that people had been "placed at risk of receiving care that was unsafe or not effective, due to delays in receiving appointments or treatment".

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

The CQC said that the trust has written to 30 patients, or their next of kin - where patients have died, offering to review their treatment.

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals Sir Mike Richards said "It is shocking to think that people's lives may have been put at risk for the sake of the waiting time figures".

He has recommended that the hospital should be put into special measures

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