The BBC have highlighted failings in care at Watford Hospital: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-26035186
Each NHS Trust has guidelines and protocols for the treatment of different illnesses and conditions, and some of the most rigidly applied guidelines relate to cancer. That is because cancer is a progressive illness and time is often of the essence for patients to undergo treatment and appropriate follow-up. Delays can detrimentally affect the success rates of treatment and reduce a patient's life-expectancy, sometimes depriving them of a cure.
In the case of cancer patients at Watford Hospital (which forms part of the West Hertfordshire NHS Trust), doctors failed to follow important protocols for the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Sadly, this led to the death of two patients. Treatment of many other patients is still under investigation.
The Trust has apologised for the delays in treating patients and two managers have been suspended. New measures have been put in place to try and improve patient care, including a new I.T system and weekly meetings to review referrals and management of patients.
The specialist clinical negligence team at Davies and Partners has extensive experience of acting for patients whose cancer diagnosis or treatment has been delayed unnecessarily.
If you or a loved one have concerns about the standard of treatment received, please contact a member of the team today for free initial advice.