Barnet & Chase Farm NHS Hospitals Trust: Over 2,200 patients waiting more than 18 weeks for surgery Over 179 patients waiting longer than a year for treatment

Barnet & Chase Farm NHS Hospitals Trust are failing to meet the 18 week referral to treatment target according to a recent report. The report reveals:

  • Over 2,200 patients have been waiting more than 18 weeks for surgery
  • Over 179 patients have been waiting more than a year for treatment
  • The Trust’s data is inaccurate and they have suspended reporting data to the national system as the exact number of breaches is unknown
  • The Trust don’t know how many high risk patients in urgent need of treatment are affected
  • Due to clinical concerns the Trust has implemented a Clinical Harm Review process to try prioritise high risk patients
  • The figures could be higher due to the inaccurate data
  • The full backlog is unlikely to be cleared until late 2015

 

The Trust is prioritising clearing the backlog, but Barnet’s Labour councillors are concerned that new referrals may continue to not be processed within the 18 week target.

Labour’s Adults & Health Spokesperson, Cllr Barry Rawlings said: “This is yet another example of how our health services are under impossible strain because of coalition government cuts to funding and the crazy £3billion top-down re-organisation. We really need a Joint Health Scrutiny Committee across Barnet & Chase Farm and the Royal Free to ensure patients are put first.

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