Dealing with cancer is hard enough to cope with, but a recent report into West Herts NHS treatment delays has uncovered issues that make this serious illness even more difficult to come to terms with. The NHS Trust has seemingly made a number of mistakes with regards to the two-week hospital referral guidelines. By breaching this 14-day timeline, it is believed that up to two people may have died as a result of this error in protocol. Over 800 people missed this window of opportunity and the West Herts NHS is now under fire because of these oversights. An external investigation uncovered these results and a press conference was subsequently arranged to explain the findings. Poor planning and a variety of mistakes were blamed for this hugely disappointing showing from the NHS Trust establishment. A lack of effective training for the relevant administration staff was also believed to be a root cause for this unpleasant scenario. Even patient complaints failed to alert the Trust to these shortcomings and the complaints system itself was believed to have been to blame for this oversight. 25 recommendations are believed to have been drawn up in an attempt to get the West Herts NHS Trust up to speed with regards their duty of care to cancer patients.
Are you a cancer patient?
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Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown