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NHS Trust continually breaches waiting time target

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

The Royal Berkshire NHS Trust is undergoing investigation for continually breaching the NHS’s target waiting time for accident and emergency patients. The NHS has a strict guideline that encourages all A&E patients to be seen within 4 hours of their arrival, which The Royal Berkshire NHS Trust is failing to meet.

With hospitals under the trust running in Reading, Bracknell, Henley and Windsor – the inability to meet target waiting times has suggested to Monitor, a health service regulator in England, that wider governance problems may be present within the trust.

Further concern regarding waiting times for cancer patients

The health watchdog uncovered that the trust had failed to meet the target three times in 21 months – while the NHS target for A&E aims to have at least 95% of patients seen within the four-hour time window. Monitor said that they are not only investigating the waiting-time failure of the A&E department, but also the waiting times for cancer patients. The investigation furthermore aims to probe the time taken to implement a new electronic patient record system, the number of Clostridium difficile cases, and the meeting of performance targets – i.e. cancer patient waiting times.

The Regional Director of Monitor, Paul Streat, said: “The investigation will determine whether the trust has breached the conditions of its licence to provide healthcare services.

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