Police launch criminal investigation into Colchester hospitals cancer scandal

Essex County Standard: Police launch criminal investigation into Colchester hospitals cancer scandal Police launch criminal investigation into Colchester hospitals cancer scandal

POLICE have launched a criminal investigation into the Colchester hospitals cancer scandal.

Three weeks ago Essex Police was passed evidence by the Care Quality Commission from Colchester Hospitals Trust whistleblowers claiming they had been bullied into manipulating the data of cancer patients to hit treatment targets.

Now, officers say they have seen enough information to launch a criminal investigation to discover whether any offences have been committed.

 

A spokesman said: "Essex Police is working with NHS England, the Trust and other health organisations to ensure that, throughout its investigation, the priority remains the safety and welfare of the public."

 

 

A spokesman for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust said: “The trust remains focused and determined to get to the bottom of all of the concerns and issued raised in the Care Quality Commission report into our cancer services, which was published on 5 November.

“That is why we have been working closely with many agencies, including Essex Police, professional regulators, NHS England and North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, and will continue to do so.”

If anyone has information they believe is of relevance to the police enquiry they should contact Essex Police on 101.

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5:20pm Tue 26 Nov 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Good job!
Good job! Ritchie_Hicks

6:53pm Tue 26 Nov 13

Hamiltonandy says...

So depressing. I keep reading letters in the Telegraph where A&E are so efficient abroad.
So depressing. I keep reading letters in the Telegraph where A&E are so efficient abroad. Hamiltonandy

7:29pm Tue 26 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

about time those who willingly knew or carried out deciet that cost the early deaths of those already suffering, will be sought out and be brought before the courts then suffer the shame dishonesty carries when dealing with very sick peoples lives in a very dishonest careless attitude.
only scum would not help those who needed it the most.
about time those who willingly knew or carried out deciet that cost the early deaths of those already suffering, will be sought out and be brought before the courts then suffer the shame dishonesty carries when dealing with very sick peoples lives in a very dishonest careless attitude. only scum would not help those who needed it the most. tomtheDJ

10:09pm Tue 26 Nov 13

TheEqualisers says...

tomtheDJ wrote:
about time those who willingly knew or carried out deciet that cost the early deaths of those already suffering, will be sought out and be brought before the courts then suffer the shame dishonesty carries when dealing with very sick peoples lives in a very dishonest careless attitude.
only scum would not help those who needed it the most.
Here here but the deal goes down a lot darker than that:
Gazette »
ARCHIVE - WEDNESDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2010
Clean bill of health for Colchester hospitals

HOSPITALS in Colchester have received a clean bill of health, in to the latest annual report by a leading health information body.

Dr Foster’s Hospital Guide is published every year by an independently-run health firm which aims to rate and compare health trusts across the country.

Of 147 health trusts in England, 19 were exposed in the 2009/2010 report as having alarmingly high death rates.

However, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Essex County Hospital, in Lexden Road and Colchester General Hospital, in Turner Road, was rated “in line with the expected figures” for all areas of assessment.

The hospitals were judged by their ability to prevent people from dying prematurely, enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions and helping people to recover from episodes of ill health following injury, and ensuring patients have a positive experience of care.

Mark Prentice, a spokesman for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The report demonstrates the progress the trust has made as a result of our focus on improving patient safety and the patient experience.”

IF THIS IS THE CASE AS ABOVE WHAT IS ALL THIS S**T ABOUT THE GAZETTE PUBLISHED TWO OF THESE REPORTS IN 2010 ONE IN APRIL AND ONE IN DECEMBER
A YEAR LATER THE BODY BAGS STARTED PILING UP!!!!!
SOMEONE WAS SHOW BOATING HERE???
NOT ONLY IS THERE SCRAMBLED EGG ON THE TRUST ALL OVER THE SHOP,,, THE GAZETTE NEEDS TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS TOO ON WHETHER THEY WERE GETTING THE OLD WOOL PULLED OVER THERE BLINKERS????

THE WHOLE THING IS A F*****G SCAM
[quote][p][bold]tomtheDJ[/bold] wrote: about time those who willingly knew or carried out deciet that cost the early deaths of those already suffering, will be sought out and be brought before the courts then suffer the shame dishonesty carries when dealing with very sick peoples lives in a very dishonest careless attitude. only scum would not help those who needed it the most.[/p][/quote]Here here but the deal goes down a lot darker than that: Gazette » ARCHIVE - WEDNESDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2010 Clean bill of health for Colchester hospitals HOSPITALS in Colchester have received a clean bill of health, in to the latest annual report by a leading health information body. Dr Foster’s Hospital Guide is published every year by an independently-run health firm which aims to rate and compare health trusts across the country. Of 147 health trusts in England, 19 were exposed in the 2009/2010 report as having alarmingly high death rates. However, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Essex County Hospital, in Lexden Road and Colchester General Hospital, in Turner Road, was rated “in line with the expected figures” for all areas of assessment. The hospitals were judged by their ability to prevent people from dying prematurely, enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions and helping people to recover from episodes of ill health following injury, and ensuring patients have a positive experience of care. Mark Prentice, a spokesman for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The report demonstrates the progress the trust has made as a result of our focus on improving patient safety and the patient experience.” IF THIS IS THE CASE AS ABOVE WHAT IS ALL THIS S**T ABOUT THE GAZETTE PUBLISHED TWO OF THESE REPORTS IN 2010 ONE IN APRIL AND ONE IN DECEMBER A YEAR LATER THE BODY BAGS STARTED PILING UP!!!!! SOMEONE WAS SHOW BOATING HERE??? NOT ONLY IS THERE SCRAMBLED EGG ON THE TRUST ALL OVER THE SHOP,,, THE GAZETTE NEEDS TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS TOO ON WHETHER THEY WERE GETTING THE OLD WOOL PULLED OVER THERE BLINKERS???? THE WHOLE THING IS A F*****G SCAM TheEqualisers

10:17pm Tue 26 Nov 13

TheEqualisers says...

Colchester General Hospital is on the up in care quality stakes
4:30pm Saturday 14th January 2012 in News By James Calnan


MAJOR improvements to care at Colchester General Hospital have been discovered during a snap inspection.
The Care Quality Commission has published a report stating the trust in charge of the hospital meets seven of the eight standards of quality and safety.
Inspectors found a minor concern with one standard concerning mandatory training, which had no impact on the safety of treatment.
The findings are in contrast with an inspection last April, in which the hospital was criticised for not meeting care standards and nutrition on a stroke unit and Birch ward, which is for elderly patients.
Dr Gordon Coutts, the trust’s chief executive, said he welcomed and accepted the findings.
He said: “I have thanked all staff for their concerted efforts over many months to improve the quality of the care we provide at our trust.
“Earlier this year we started a programme called At Our Best to inspire, support and develop all staff to consistently deliver the very best patient experience.
“Although there are other areas we can improve our progress this year, this report gives us confidence the programme is working.”
The Care Quality Commission, a quango set up to regulate healthcare, spent two days in November looking at more than a dozen wards and departments at the hospital.
The report stated: “People we spoke to reported they were listened to and respected by staff, and most spoke highly about the information available.
“They felt staff were well-trained to provide care and treatment.
“They told us they enjoyed the food offered by the service, and they were offered choice about what they ate...and were happy with the standard of cleanliness of the hospital.”
The report also found staff morale had improved since issues were highlighted in the national 2010 NHS Staff Survey.
Colchester General Hospital is on the up in care quality stakes 4:30pm Saturday 14th January 2012 in News By James Calnan MAJOR improvements to care at Colchester General Hospital have been discovered during a snap inspection. The Care Quality Commission has published a report stating the trust in charge of the hospital meets seven of the eight standards of quality and safety. Inspectors found a minor concern with one standard concerning mandatory training, which had no impact on the safety of treatment. The findings are in contrast with an inspection last April, in which the hospital was criticised for not meeting care standards and nutrition on a stroke unit and Birch ward, which is for elderly patients. Dr Gordon Coutts, the trust’s chief executive, said he welcomed and accepted the findings. He said: “I have thanked all staff for their concerted efforts over many months to improve the quality of the care we provide at our trust. “Earlier this year we started a programme called At Our Best to inspire, support and develop all staff to consistently deliver the very best patient experience. “Although there are other areas we can improve our progress this year, this report gives us confidence the programme is working.” The Care Quality Commission, a quango set up to regulate healthcare, spent two days in November looking at more than a dozen wards and departments at the hospital. The report stated: “People we spoke to reported they were listened to and respected by staff, and most spoke highly about the information available. “They felt staff were well-trained to provide care and treatment. “They told us they enjoyed the food offered by the service, and they were offered choice about what they ate...and were happy with the standard of cleanliness of the hospital.” The report also found staff morale had improved since issues were highlighted in the national 2010 NHS Staff Survey. TheEqualisers

11:34am Wed 27 Nov 13

jim_bo says...

James Calnan copy and paste journalism has bitten him on the bottom.

How bout you get out there James and do some investigative work?
James Calnan copy and paste journalism has bitten him on the bottom. How bout you get out there James and do some investigative work? jim_bo

12:26pm Fri 29 Nov 13

cavillas says...

I always find Colchester hospital to be fine and perfectly capable whenever I have to visit or stay there. Never had any problems over the past 11 years. I have found the staff to be caring, kind and very professional. I blame successive governments and a large influx of immigrants and health tourists for causing the current debacle in all our hospitals.
I always find Colchester hospital to be fine and perfectly capable whenever I have to visit or stay there. Never had any problems over the past 11 years. I have found the staff to be caring, kind and very professional. I blame successive governments and a large influx of immigrants and health tourists for causing the current debacle in all our hospitals. cavillas

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