Cancer

Cancer Centre

‘Critical decision-making’ at major cancer centre left to trainees

Trainee oncologists at a major cancer centre covered clinics and made “critical” decisions without senior supervision, including for cancers they were not trained for, HSJ  can reveal.

Ambulance

Coroner raps trust for not realising woman was in ‘imminent danger’

A coroner has criticised an ambulance trust after it took nearly four hours to reach a woman who had taken an overdose.

Oxford

NHSI loosens leash on teaching trust

Regulatory measures placed on a major teaching trust have been lifted by NHS Improvement – but the regulator remains concerned over the organisation’s finances and cancer performance.

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Trust told to do harm reviews after patients drop off waiting list

A trust has been told to carry out harm reviews on 74 patients who disappeared from a waiting list after they could not be found an appointment slot.

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Three patients died after delayed cancer tests at teaching hospital

Three people died of cancer and another four came to severe harm after their endoscopies were delayed, a teaching hospital trust has confirmed.

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FT fined after cancer clinical trial death

A hospital trust has been fined £45,000 following the death of a leukaemia patient who was given five times the amount of drugs she was prescribed during a clinical trial.

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Clinical trial to resume after pathologist reverses decision on death

Researchers plan to restart high-dose radiotherapy in a cancer trial after refuting the outcome of a coroner’s inquest.

Radiology

Exclusive: Three patients died after radiology failings at teaching hospital

Radiology failings at a teaching hospital led to eight patients coming to severe harm, with three dying, a hospital trust has admitted.

Royal Surrey

Trust stops making cancer drugs after criticism from regulator

An acute trust is to abandon manufacturing its own radiopharmaceuticals after a regulator said it needed more quality improvement work and better facilities.

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Pensions crisis and staff shortages trigger record low cancer performance

A shortage of radiologists, pensions issues and rising demand have driven the worst breast cancer wait times for at least nine years, some of the worst performing trusts told HSJ.

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Named: The trusts receiving new cash for scanners

The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.

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NHS use of e-prescribing can be a ‘risk to patient safety’

Poorly-implemented electronic prescribing systems in NHS hospitals are putting patients’ lives at risk, the NHS’s safety watchdog has warned.

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NHSE to take oversight of £600m screening programmes from PHE

Public Health England is to be stripped of its responsibility for overseeing the national cancer screening programme, the government has confirmed.

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Hospital books hotel rooms for cancer patients ahead of Brexit

A Kent trust bracing for the impact of Brexit has booked hotel rooms for cancer patients.

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First new national clinical directors named

A new national clinical director for cancer has been appointed, along with two other NCDs.

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Trust’s 62-day performance slumps after surge in referrals

An acute trust’s performance against the 62-day cancer treatment target has slipped to one of the worst in the country after a sudden rise in referral numbers.

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Government earmarks £200m capital for diagnostic equipment

The government has brought forward a spending announcement, promising an extra £200m to improve the cancer scanning and diagnostic capacity of the NHS over the next 18 months.

Kent

Teaching trust flagged as cancer outlier two years in a row

A teaching hospital has redesigned part of its cancer service after being flagged as an outlier in two national clinical audits.

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Revealed: The CCGs where cancer referral is slowest

One London borough has nearly double the national average rate on an indicator that general practice is missing the early signs of cancer.

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U-turn on plans to strip trust of cancer scanning service

Specialist cancer scans will continue to be provided by a major teaching trust after NHS England backtracked on a decision to award the work solely to a private provider.