Barnet CCG given legal direction over operation waits

Barnet’s Clinical Commissioning Group of GPs has been handed a legal direction by NHS England over failures to clear up a backlog of around 179 patients who have waited longer than a year for planned surgery – when the target waiting time is only 18 weeks. The news was reported in the latest edition of the Health Service Journal.

The patient backlog was first discovered back in June, but the CCG and hospitals were aware of a data validation problem months before that where patients were being lost in the system. The data cleansing still hasn’t been completed after 6 months despite assurances, and is unlikely to be sorted out until at least autumn next year. 

The legal direction is the third one to be given to Barnet’s CCG – the two others are for finance and planning.  Only two other CCGs in the country have legal directions still in place.

Labour's Health Spokesperson, Cllr Barry Rawlings said: “We mustn’t forget that these aren’t just numbers they are real people who are suffering while they wait – often in pain - for over a year.

"It is a real concern that ongoing performance problems are not being resolved quickly enough despite Jeremy Hunt’s pledge that the waiting list backlog would be sorted by the end of this year.”


  1. Coverage of the legal direction in the HSJ:
  2. More details of the patient backlog:

 For more information contact Cllr Barry Rawlings: 07833 530 593

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8 359 2568

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