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Statement from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) on cancer waiting times


Following reports in the media on Wednesday (14 October) concerning the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust’s performance on certain cancer waiting targets, James Brent, Chairman, said, “I would like to reassure patients who are currently receiving treatment or are about to for cancer, that the standard of care at the Trust is very good. This is reflected in the responses to the National Cancer Patient Survey 2014 which showed that over 94% of cancer patients rated the Trust as excellent for the care it provides. ”

Adrian Harris, Medical Director at the RD&E, said, “Clearly, we do not want any of our patients to be kept waiting any longer than necessary and we appreciate the distress this can cause. Meeting cancer targets is important and we are committed to improving our performance in this area and I would like to reassure the public that none of our patients are experiencing clinical harm as a result of not beginning treatment within 62 days and it is important to underline that every individual patient’s case is reviewed by a consultant.”
 
Mr Brent concluded, “It is unfortunate that we were asked to plan for 2-3% increase in activity last year but experienced a 28% increase in cancer referrals in 2014/15.  Despite this increased pressure we continue to provide a good service to our patients. We are continuing to work with the CCG to agree our plan to achieve the target of meeting the 62 day cancer wait target as soon as possible. However, withholding payments does not help to resolve the issue and does nothing to help patient care.”

For several months now the Trust has been taking the following actions to improve performance:

The CCG is currently withholding a percentage of the contract value from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. This money remains payable by NEW Devon CCG to the RD&E.

 

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