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CCG to help reorganise hospital pathways


2 December 2013

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Cancer incident pathways at a foundation trust which has allegedly lied about treatment waiting times, will be scrutinised by a team including the local commissioners. 
Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust (CHUFT) was placed into special measures by hospital regulator Monitor just last week. 

Cancer incident pathways at a foundation trust which has allegedly lied about treatment waiting times, will be scrutinised by a team including the local commissioners. 
Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust (CHUFT) was placed into special measures by hospital regulator Monitor just last week. 
Now, teams coordinated by NHS England’s Incident Management Team (IMT) will be examining all 14 cancer pathways at the trust. NHS England established the group to coordinate a response to the failings identified by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in early November. 
North East Essex clinical commissioning group (CCG), Monitor, the CQC and Essex Police are all part of the IMT. 
NHS England says the group will remain in place until problems at the trust are resolved, with an action plan agreed. 
Andrew Pike, IMT chair and director of NHS England Essex area team, said: “It’s the first duty of everyone who works in the NHS to ensure that we provide safe services to patients. NHS England, working with its partners in the Incident Management Team, is determined to do everything it can to help rebuild public confidence in cancer services at Colchester Hospital Trust. 
“Patients need to know that cancer services are safe today, will be safe tomorrow and if they weren’t safe in the past, that everything is being done to rapidly put things right and provide on-going support.”

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