Delays in cancer and heart treatment

I was appalled at the long delays a friend experienced in accessing cancer treatment in Nottingham, so unfortunately the following story doesn’t come as a surprise to me.

“NOTTINGHAM’S hospital trust has been placed under review because of poor performance in cancer treatment waiting times.

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUH), which manages Nottingham City and the Queen’s Medical Centre, is not meeting targets for a 31-day wait for radiotherapy and a 62-day wait for referral to treatment after patients have cancer screening.

NUH is also failing to meet its target of referring orthopaedic patients, which covers those needing hip and knee surgery, for treatment within 13 weeks…

In the latest Doctor Foster hospital report, NUH had 3.4 per cent more deaths than expected.

The trust was also below average for treating heart attack patients with clot-thinning drugs within 30 minutes and 60 minutes.

The report showed that 68 per cent of patients had this treatment within 30 minutes of arriving at accident and emergency, compared with a national average of 79 per cent. A total of 44 per cent had this within 60 minutes, compared with a 69 per cent national average.”

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