Hospital could go through police investigation due to false data about cancer care

Care Quality CommissionA recent report elaborating the false data given by staff after pressure could cause a hospital trust to go through a police investigation.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that several cancer patients had to go through a long wait at the Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.

Officials from CQC detected flaws with the waiting system which led to the undue delays for the treatment of many cancer patients.

The hospitals staff confided in the CQC investigators that they were put under stress to change information identifying with patients and their medication to make it appear as though individuals were being treated in accordance with national guidelines.

This led to the really long waiting periods which caused few patients to not have access to the medication they required in time.

The health watchdog has passed its discoveries to Essex Police - and Professor Sir Mike Richards, the recently designated Chief Inspector of Hospitals, has suggested that the trust is set into exceptional measures.

The CQCs efforts to rope in the Essex Police have been affirmed by them. They also said it was assessing the data to secure if to start a criminal examination into the matter.

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