The must read stories and analysis from Friday

IT crisis to continue into next week

Day eight of Leeds Hospitals Trust’s catastrophic IT failure is continuing to cause problems across the city (and beyond) with up to 10,000 pathology tests delayed, and Bradford hospital also having to cancel non-urgent operations.

A leaked internal email from the trust’s clinical director of pathology also reveals the fault in the trust’s pathology system is unlikely to be resolved until next week.

The email from Dr Phil Wood also reveals some results that have been hand delivered to clinical teams have been sent to the wrong place and have had incorrect patient identifying information.

The hospital has issued guidance to staff to prioritise patients but has warned there will be an impact on theatre start times. The trust is asking some patients to come in the night before their operations or attend the hospital for a blood test ahead of being admitted.

The trust has not cancelled its elective activity but senior executive discussions are taking place on this subject.

Meanwhile, GPs in the city have been told to cancel all routine blood tests – prompting fears of a “primary care disaster”.

Planning guidance 101

Following yesterday’s planning guidance bonanza, readers are digesting what the two years worth of instructions means for them – here HSJ rounds up the six must read articles in our summary.

We have also published new stories on the implications for mental health spending and specialised services.

Digital deadline

More than a third of organisations that received unauthorised NHS data during the rollout of Care.data have failed to respond to NHS Digital’s request to destroy the records, HSJ reported on Friday.

The news comes as NHS Digital approaches the end of a six month period during which it agreed to remedy the unauthorised sharing of data under the now-defunct scheme.

The organisation formerly known has HSCIC has until 19 October to action around 700,000 patient record opt-outs and tell people their confidential data may have been shared against their wishes, as part of an agreement with the Information Commissioner’s Office.