An error disclosure issue? Altered records & cancer treatment delays

An interesting issue has arisen in the United Kingdom, which may relate in part to a failure to disclose ‘error’ to patients, in respect of achievement of recommended cancer treatment times.

The UK Care Quality Commission has issued a media release indicating that some hospital staff at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust reported they were pressured to change data relating to patients and their treatment to make it seem people were being treated in line with national guidelines. As a result some patients may not have had the treatment they needed in time.

The Trust remains under investigation and the CQC is said to have referred its findings to Essex police.

A discussion appears in The Guardian newspaper.