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Panorama finds patient safety concerns

7th December 2012
cancerpeerreview On 3 December Panorama looked at NHS hospital services and the pressure that they are under with increasing demand, limited finances and the largest reorganisation in NHS history. Armed with the latest data on hospital death rates, the episode looked at the quality of patient care across the country.

It highlighted the story of Mid Staffs and looked at how the hospital is performing five years on from a public scandal exposing the poor quality of its patient care. Although death rates have reduced, the episode identified continuing areas of weakness.

In one segment, a report from the National Cancer Peer Review team cited ‘serious concerns’ about the breast cancer services at Stafford hospital following a visit by an external peer review team.

For the last ten years, cancer teams across the country have submitted an annual online self assessment of their service via CQuINS, a software tool designed to capture and analyse all of the quality data relating to cancer teams in England. The results form the basis of a report on compliance, with each cancer service given a percentage rating for the quality of their service based on specified criteria.

Panorama revealed that at self assessment, Mid Staffs hospital rated their breast cancer service at 93.6%. Upon inspection, the national peer review team scored the service at just 9.7%.

This information, as noted in the episode, was not easily accessible to the public - but that is about to change.

The National Cancer Peer Review team, now part of a newly created body called the Clinical Network Assurance Programme, has now launched healthcare website My Cancer Treatment  which has been developed in partnership with healthcare web development specialists Mayden.

This website allows members of the public to find and compare NHS cancer services across England. Users can locate cancer services based on postcode, treatment type, clinical team and affected area (breast, bowel, lung etc). The website allows visitors to view a report on each cancer service showing their self assessment score, national benchmark position, and the waiting times and patient experience survey results for the Trust.

With the governments recent push to liberate NHS data this is an unprecedented breakthrough for transparency around the quality of cancer services.

To find out more about the National Cancer Peer Review, or to find out more information about your local Cancer Services, you can visit the My Cancer Treatment website here.

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Sunday 27th December 2015 @ 14:27

Indeed, it is alarming that the National Peer Team scored only 9.7% as against the Mid Staff Hospital rateing of its cancer service at 93.6%.

It is gratifying to note that Government is endeavoring to liberate the NHS Data and it is to be hoped that more transparency about the quality of Cancer services.

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