Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust – one of the worst five in the UK

KentOnline has reported that Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has been deemed to be one of the worst five performing trusts in the UK relating to cancer care.

NHS Improvement, the health service regulator, has warned the Trust that it is under regional and national scrutiny due to its continued unacceptable under-performance.

When a patient is referred urgently by a GP for potential cancer symptoms, they have to be seen within certain timeframes set by agreed national targets. The Trust has not reached these targets since 2013. NHS Improvement has demanded the Trust undertakes clinical harm reviews for all patients to see if the delay in seeing and treating them has had a negative effect on their health.

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Shantala Carr, Senior Associate Solicitor in the Medical Negligence department at Girlings Personal Injury Claims Solicitors, has recently been on the BBC News and BBC Radio Kent discussing a settled case for £170,000 compensation involving inadequate care having been received by a breast cancer patient.

Shantala Carr has commented as follows:

“Sadly we are instructed regularly on cases involving inadequate cancer care, which often lead to more intrusive and extensive treatment being required or patients losing their lives as a result. To read that Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is not meeting its targets to review patients in a timely manner as set by national targets is very worrying and could have a serious impact on a patient’s diagnosis and prognosis. Dealing with a cancer diagnosis is devastating enough without having to worry whether a hospital could have done more.”

If you think you may have been affected by delays in cancer treatment, please contact our specialist Medical Negligence team for free telephone advice.