Incident management team reports

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust Cancer Services Review

Publication of progress review of five cancer services at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, 17 July 2014

NHS England Essex today (17 July 2014) publishes its report into the safety of five cancer services at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (CHUFT).

The Incident Management Team (IMT) – set up to undertake the review – is reporting on its findings relating to five cancer pathways at the Trust: Brain and Central Nervous System; Cancer of the Unknown Primary Origin; Radiology; Sarcoma and Urology.

A review of the sixth service for skin cancers has yet to be completed as part of the wider review of the dermatology service…. Read more.

Findings of cancer services review confirmed, 19 December 2013

NHS England on behalf of the Incident Management Team today publishes the findings of its review of cancer services at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. The primary aim of the immediate review was to answer the question “Are the cancer services safe?”

The Review took place between 14 November and 9 December 2013.  The review was conducted as part of the work of an Incident Management Team (IMT), led by NHS England in response to a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection into cancer standards at the Trust, published on 5 November 2013…  Read more

Details of cancer services review confirmed, 26 November 2013

Teams of cancer specialists and other senior clinicians have begun reviews of services for every type of cancer at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. The review teams, which are independent of the Trust, are being co-ordinated by an NHS England-led Incident Management Team. They are examining all 14 cancer pathways at the Trust…  Read more

Review of Cancer Services safety announced, 5 November 2013

NHS England is to lead a team of cancer specialists to ensure the safety of cancer patients following a critical report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) into services at Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust (CHUFT). NHS England shares the serious concerns of the CQC’s inspectors whose report reveals failures in the way some cancer…  Read more

Activities by other partners involved in the incident management team:

Care Quality Commission, 5 November 2013: Essex hospital trust is put into special measures.

Monitor, 14 November 2013: Colchester Hospital put into special measures to safeguard patient services.

Essex Police, 26 November 2013
Statement: Following its initial review, Essex Police has decided it is necessary to begin a criminal investigation into the alleged manipulation of cancer waiting lists at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.

The investigation will aim to establish whether or not any criminal offences have been committed and then take any appropriate action dependent on the evidence.

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.

Current and former cancer patients of the hospital, their relatives and members of the public who have any concerns as a result of the CQC report are advised to contact a special helpline that the Trust has set up on 0800 028 2026.

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