Cancer patients wait longer in Southampton

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CANCER patients in Southampton are waiting longer to start their life-saving treatment, worrying new figures show.

Almost one in eight people suspected of having the disease are failing to get an appointment with a specialist within two months of a referral by their GP.

Only 86.9 per cent of patients began treatment within 62 days in the first three months of 2014 - a sharp decline on the 90.3 per cent that did so one year earlier.

It puts University Hospital Southampton within touching distance of a key Government target, which says 85 per cent must be treated within two months.

But performance was much better at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.

Between January and March, 93.3 per cent of suspected cancer sufferers saw a specialist within the time limit, down just 0.3 per cent on the same three months of 2013.

And the Isle of Wight NHS Trust also scored highly in the NHS England statistics with a figure of 92 per cent - but that was down from 95.5 per cent, a year earlier.

Across England, just 84.4 per cent of patients hit the 62-day target, which meant the NHS breached it for the first time since the benchmark was introduced in 2009.

But University Hospital Southampton played down suggestions of a gathering crisis, insisting it was “pleased” to have hit the target - despite rising patient numbers.

Andy Hyett, its deputy chief operating officer at UHS, said: “That is testament to the hard work of our committed and dedicated individuals and teams.

“As is the case throughout the NHS, we are seeing increasing numbers of patients referred to us for treatment, but we hope continued investment in new doctors, theatres, radiographers and bed and diagnostic capacity will enable us to continue to achieve an acceptable standard of performance for our patients.”

A Department of Health spokesman said an extra £750m had been pumped into early cancer treatment, but urged health chiefs to tackle “any dips in local performance”.

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8:46am Sat 7 Jun 14

good-gosh says...

Poor aunty – she's on a multi-billion retainer but still can't quite manage in her old age – bless her.
Poor aunty – she's on a multi-billion retainer but still can't quite manage in her old age – bless her. good-gosh
  • Score: -7

10:24am Sat 7 Jun 14

southy says...

The NHS is deliberately being run down getting it ready for to be totally sold of to private hands, large parts of the NHS have all ready been handed over to the private sector and are causing loads of problems but its the NHS that will pick up the blame.
The NHS is deliberately being run down getting it ready for to be totally sold of to private hands, large parts of the NHS have all ready been handed over to the private sector and are causing loads of problems but its the NHS that will pick up the blame. southy
  • Score: -7

11:06am Sat 7 Jun 14

freefinker says...

southy wrote:
The NHS is deliberately being run down getting it ready for to be totally sold of to private hands, large parts of the NHS have all ready been handed over to the private sector and are causing loads of problems but its the NHS that will pick up the blame.
While I wouldn't agree the NHS is being deliberately run down, I totally agree with you on the rest.
The privatisation of the NHS is already well and truly under way. The only difference from other privatisations is it's being done on the quiet and is being given away rather than sold.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: The NHS is deliberately being run down getting it ready for to be totally sold of to private hands, large parts of the NHS have all ready been handed over to the private sector and are causing loads of problems but its the NHS that will pick up the blame.[/p][/quote]While I wouldn't agree the NHS is being deliberately run down, I totally agree with you on the rest. The privatisation of the NHS is already well and truly under way. The only difference from other privatisations is it's being done on the quiet and is being given away rather than sold. freefinker
  • Score: -4

12:51pm Sat 7 Jun 14

southy says...

freefinker wrote:
southy wrote:
The NHS is deliberately being run down getting it ready for to be totally sold of to private hands, large parts of the NHS have all ready been handed over to the private sector and are causing loads of problems but its the NHS that will pick up the blame.
While I wouldn't agree the NHS is being deliberately run down, I totally agree with you on the rest.
The privatisation of the NHS is already well and truly under way. The only difference from other privatisations is it's being done on the quiet and is being given away rather than sold.
True handed over and at the same time these private sectors in the NHS are receiving £50 million a day to run the private sector.
Its the private sector that is making the mistakes but its the public sector getting the blame, it is being run down deliberately its all part of the condition process for people to except
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: The NHS is deliberately being run down getting it ready for to be totally sold of to private hands, large parts of the NHS have all ready been handed over to the private sector and are causing loads of problems but its the NHS that will pick up the blame.[/p][/quote]While I wouldn't agree the NHS is being deliberately run down, I totally agree with you on the rest. The privatisation of the NHS is already well and truly under way. The only difference from other privatisations is it's being done on the quiet and is being given away rather than sold.[/p][/quote]True handed over and at the same time these private sectors in the NHS are receiving £50 million a day to run the private sector. Its the private sector that is making the mistakes but its the public sector getting the blame, it is being run down deliberately its all part of the condition process for people to except southy
  • Score: -4

1:02pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Dan Soton says...

freefinker wrote:
southy wrote:
The NHS is deliberately being run down getting it ready for to be totally sold of to private hands, large parts of the NHS have all ready been handed over to the private sector and are causing loads of problems but its the NHS that will pick up the blame.
While I wouldn't agree the NHS is being deliberately run down, I totally agree with you on the rest.
The privatisation of the NHS is already well and truly under way. The only difference from other privatisations is it's being done on the quiet and is being given away rather than sold.
Southy says.. The NHS is deliberately being run down.


Hmmm.. we have a privatisation conspiracy


So why is there is a recorded North-South Cancer Treatment Divide that dates back to October 2010.. possibly a lot longer ?

We all know statistical health anomalies aren't tolerated by National Health Service.

Goes without saying.. there is blatant effort to Massage/Cover-up the stats.. WHY?


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A REPORT BY THE RARER CANCERS FOUNDATION FOUND THAT

• Over the course of its lifetime, the Cancer Drugs Fund has the potential to benefit over 30,000 patients, enabling them to gain access to 34 drugs which would not otherwise be available on the NHS.

• More than 2,500 cancer patients have had treatment provided through the Cfud. It also shows that 187 patients were denied access to life-extending treatment between October 2010 and March 2011. THIS IS DESPITE THE FACT THAT STRATEGIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES (SHAS) HAD A COMBINED CANCER DRUGS FUND UNDERSPEND OF £22.5 MILLION AT THE END OF MARCH 2011.

• The fund is enabling patients to access up to 34 treatments which otherwise would not have been routinely available on the NHS.
Patients with bowel, kidney and blood cancers have been amongst the most significant beneficiaries of the fund.

• Shockingly the report also revealed a north-south divide in approvals, with SHAs in the south of England approving a lower proportion of applications. FOR EXAMPLE, NHS SOUTH CENTRAL APPROVED APPROXIMATELY 75% OF APPLICATIONS WHEREAS NHS NORTH EAST APPROVED EVERY APPLICATION IT RECEIVED.

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http://www.guardian.
co.uk/society/blog/2
011/jun/09/nhs-refor
ms-live-blog



WHY?. no conspiracies, simply covering up high Cancer death statistics in the Fluoridated ( drinking water areas) West Midlands/North East.. that also happen to be Labour controlled.


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P.S. Google.. RARE CANCERS associated with Fluoridation


http://www.theguardi
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[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: The NHS is deliberately being run down getting it ready for to be totally sold of to private hands, large parts of the NHS have all ready been handed over to the private sector and are causing loads of problems but its the NHS that will pick up the blame.[/p][/quote]While I wouldn't agree the NHS is being deliberately run down, I totally agree with you on the rest. The privatisation of the NHS is already well and truly under way. The only difference from other privatisations is it's being done on the quiet and is being given away rather than sold.[/p][/quote]Southy says.. The NHS is deliberately being run down. Hmmm.. we have a privatisation conspiracy So why is there is a recorded North-South Cancer Treatment Divide that dates back to October 2010.. possibly a lot longer ? We all know statistical health anomalies aren't tolerated by National Health Service. Goes without saying.. there is blatant effort to Massage/Cover-up the stats.. WHY? - A REPORT BY THE RARER CANCERS FOUNDATION FOUND THAT • Over the course of its lifetime, the Cancer Drugs Fund has the potential to benefit over 30,000 patients, enabling them to gain access to 34 drugs which would not otherwise be available on the NHS. • More than 2,500 cancer patients have had treatment provided through the Cfud. It also shows that 187 patients were denied access to life-extending treatment between October 2010 and March 2011. THIS IS DESPITE THE FACT THAT STRATEGIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES (SHAS) HAD A COMBINED CANCER DRUGS FUND UNDERSPEND OF £22.5 MILLION AT THE END OF MARCH 2011. • The fund is enabling patients to access up to 34 treatments which otherwise would not have been routinely available on the NHS. Patients with bowel, kidney and blood cancers have been amongst the most significant beneficiaries of the fund. • Shockingly the report also revealed a north-south divide in approvals, with SHAs in the south of England approving a lower proportion of applications. FOR EXAMPLE, NHS SOUTH CENTRAL APPROVED APPROXIMATELY 75% OF APPLICATIONS WHEREAS NHS NORTH EAST APPROVED EVERY APPLICATION IT RECEIVED. - http://www.guardian. co.uk/society/blog/2 011/jun/09/nhs-refor ms-live-blog WHY?. no conspiracies, simply covering up high Cancer death statistics in the Fluoridated ( drinking water areas) West Midlands/North East.. that also happen to be Labour controlled. ,, P.S. Google.. RARE CANCERS associated with Fluoridation http://www.theguardi an.com/society/2005/ jun/12/medicineandhe alth.genderissues ,, Dan Soton
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2:42pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Linesman says...

You cannot expect the same level of service when funding has been cut, and that is what has happened under this Tory-led government.
You cannot expect the same level of service when funding has been cut, and that is what has happened under this Tory-led government. Linesman
  • Score: -5

5:01pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Linesman says...

Linesman wrote:
You cannot expect the same level of service when funding has been cut, and that is what has happened under this Tory-led government.
I note that I am receiving the 'Thumbs down' from Tory readers who cannot come to terms with the truth.

Instead of taking the easy route of giving the 'Thumbs down', if they disagree with what I have said, perhaps they would explain how the same level of service can be maintained when cuts to the budget have been made.

If they can do that, then I accept the 'Thumbs Down' with good grace.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: You cannot expect the same level of service when funding has been cut, and that is what has happened under this Tory-led government.[/p][/quote]I note that I am receiving the 'Thumbs down' from Tory readers who cannot come to terms with the truth. Instead of taking the easy route of giving the 'Thumbs down', if they disagree with what I have said, perhaps they would explain how the same level of service can be maintained when cuts to the budget have been made. If they can do that, then I accept the 'Thumbs Down' with good grace. Linesman
  • Score: -6

5:56pm Sat 7 Jun 14

good-gosh says...

Linesman wrote:
Linesman wrote:
You cannot expect the same level of service when funding has been cut, and that is what has happened under this Tory-led government.
I note that I am receiving the 'Thumbs down' from Tory readers who cannot come to terms with the truth.

Instead of taking the easy route of giving the 'Thumbs down', if they disagree with what I have said, perhaps they would explain how the same level of service can be maintained when cuts to the budget have been made.

If they can do that, then I accept the 'Thumbs Down' with good grace.
Anyone who has raised several nippers through their teens will be completely immune to thumbs down (and very suspicious of thumbs up) Popularity is for showbiz. More thumbs down please….
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: You cannot expect the same level of service when funding has been cut, and that is what has happened under this Tory-led government.[/p][/quote]I note that I am receiving the 'Thumbs down' from Tory readers who cannot come to terms with the truth. Instead of taking the easy route of giving the 'Thumbs down', if they disagree with what I have said, perhaps they would explain how the same level of service can be maintained when cuts to the budget have been made. If they can do that, then I accept the 'Thumbs Down' with good grace.[/p][/quote]Anyone who has raised several nippers through their teens will be completely immune to thumbs down (and very suspicious of thumbs up) Popularity is for showbiz. More thumbs down please…. good-gosh
  • Score: -2

8:01pm Sat 7 Jun 14

wknight says...

The NHS is not being run down, its running itself down thanks to a ridiculous contract that was negotiated with the hospital doctors and GP's. Name me another profession that allows their staff to work part-time (no GP works 5 days a week seeing patients) and compete for business (NHS consultants)

Are you aware of how many NHS patients are being sent to the private hospitals, to see the same consultant, because waiting times are being missed.

If the NHS is ever privatised (which is highly unlikely) the Drs will find themselves with contracts that will involve them working 5 days a week like the rest of us, but over 7 days and 365 days a year oh and no salary based pension.

I wish someone would do an analysis of waiting times if every consultant and GP worked 5 days a week. And before they scream they already do long hours, so do, all of us highly skilled professional workers, difference is my employer demands I am in the office every day and expects me to travel overseas at weekends in effectively my own time.
The NHS is not being run down, its running itself down thanks to a ridiculous contract that was negotiated with the hospital doctors and GP's. Name me another profession that allows their staff to work part-time (no GP works 5 days a week seeing patients) and compete for business (NHS consultants) Are you aware of how many NHS patients are being sent to the private hospitals, to see the same consultant, because waiting times are being missed. If the NHS is ever privatised (which is highly unlikely) the Drs will find themselves with contracts that will involve them working 5 days a week like the rest of us, but over 7 days and 365 days a year oh and no salary based pension. I wish someone would do an analysis of waiting times if every consultant and GP worked 5 days a week. And before they scream they already do long hours, so do, all of us highly skilled professional workers, difference is my employer demands I am in the office every day and expects me to travel overseas at weekends in effectively my own time. wknight
  • Score: -1

8:01pm Sat 7 Jun 14

acid drop says...

Diagnosed with prostate cancer in May 2013 it took the NHS until May 2014 to finally remove my diseased prostate.
Diagnosed with prostate cancer in May 2013 it took the NHS until May 2014 to finally remove my diseased prostate. acid drop
  • Score: 1

10:25pm Sat 7 Jun 14

PennyDreadful says...

acid drop wrote:
Diagnosed with prostate cancer in May 2013 it took the NHS until May 2014 to finally remove my diseased prostate.
Acid drop I am pleased to hear you finally got your prostate removed but in the year you were waiting did yoy have any other treatments?
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: Diagnosed with prostate cancer in May 2013 it took the NHS until May 2014 to finally remove my diseased prostate.[/p][/quote]Acid drop I am pleased to hear you finally got your prostate removed but in the year you were waiting did yoy have any other treatments? PennyDreadful
  • Score: -1

10:35pm Sat 7 Jun 14

gristle says...

Lot's of criticism of the NHS here. The article revealed the poor performance of Southampton hospitals compared to others. A Guardian report from a few weeks ago placed Southampton and Portsmouth hospitals at the bottom of a long (national) list rated for 'customer satisfaction' Winchester was highly rated.
Don't blame the NHS for local inadequacies.
Lot's of criticism of the NHS here. The article revealed the poor performance of Southampton hospitals compared to others. A Guardian report from a few weeks ago placed Southampton and Portsmouth hospitals at the bottom of a long (national) list rated for 'customer satisfaction' Winchester was highly rated. Don't blame the NHS for local inadequacies. gristle
  • Score: 2

11:25pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Linesman says...

wknight wrote:
The NHS is not being run down, its running itself down thanks to a ridiculous contract that was negotiated with the hospital doctors and GP's. Name me another profession that allows their staff to work part-time (no GP works 5 days a week seeing patients) and compete for business (NHS consultants)

Are you aware of how many NHS patients are being sent to the private hospitals, to see the same consultant, because waiting times are being missed.

If the NHS is ever privatised (which is highly unlikely) the Drs will find themselves with contracts that will involve them working 5 days a week like the rest of us, but over 7 days and 365 days a year oh and no salary based pension.

I wish someone would do an analysis of waiting times if every consultant and GP worked 5 days a week. And before they scream they already do long hours, so do, all of us highly skilled professional workers, difference is my employer demands I am in the office every day and expects me to travel overseas at weekends in effectively my own time.
Had it not crossed your mind that NHS patients being sent private hospitals is a glaring example of 'Privatisation by Stealth'?
[quote][p][bold]wknight[/bold] wrote: The NHS is not being run down, its running itself down thanks to a ridiculous contract that was negotiated with the hospital doctors and GP's. Name me another profession that allows their staff to work part-time (no GP works 5 days a week seeing patients) and compete for business (NHS consultants) Are you aware of how many NHS patients are being sent to the private hospitals, to see the same consultant, because waiting times are being missed. If the NHS is ever privatised (which is highly unlikely) the Drs will find themselves with contracts that will involve them working 5 days a week like the rest of us, but over 7 days and 365 days a year oh and no salary based pension. I wish someone would do an analysis of waiting times if every consultant and GP worked 5 days a week. And before they scream they already do long hours, so do, all of us highly skilled professional workers, difference is my employer demands I am in the office every day and expects me to travel overseas at weekends in effectively my own time.[/p][/quote]Had it not crossed your mind that NHS patients being sent private hospitals is a glaring example of 'Privatisation by Stealth'? Linesman
  • Score: -3

12:00am Sun 8 Jun 14

southy says...

Linesman wrote:
wknight wrote:
The NHS is not being run down, its running itself down thanks to a ridiculous contract that was negotiated with the hospital doctors and GP's. Name me another profession that allows their staff to work part-time (no GP works 5 days a week seeing patients) and compete for business (NHS consultants)

Are you aware of how many NHS patients are being sent to the private hospitals, to see the same consultant, because waiting times are being missed.

If the NHS is ever privatised (which is highly unlikely) the Drs will find themselves with contracts that will involve them working 5 days a week like the rest of us, but over 7 days and 365 days a year oh and no salary based pension.

I wish someone would do an analysis of waiting times if every consultant and GP worked 5 days a week. And before they scream they already do long hours, so do, all of us highly skilled professional workers, difference is my employer demands I am in the office every day and expects me to travel overseas at weekends in effectively my own time.
Had it not crossed your mind that NHS patients being sent private hospitals is a glaring example of 'Privatisation by Stealth'?
Can I add to that Lines

If the NHS as a Trust then it is not 100% NHS it is a privately run NHS and there for any problems should be down to the private sector of the NHS and they should take the blame, in stead of passing the buck.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wknight[/bold] wrote: The NHS is not being run down, its running itself down thanks to a ridiculous contract that was negotiated with the hospital doctors and GP's. Name me another profession that allows their staff to work part-time (no GP works 5 days a week seeing patients) and compete for business (NHS consultants) Are you aware of how many NHS patients are being sent to the private hospitals, to see the same consultant, because waiting times are being missed. If the NHS is ever privatised (which is highly unlikely) the Drs will find themselves with contracts that will involve them working 5 days a week like the rest of us, but over 7 days and 365 days a year oh and no salary based pension. I wish someone would do an analysis of waiting times if every consultant and GP worked 5 days a week. And before they scream they already do long hours, so do, all of us highly skilled professional workers, difference is my employer demands I am in the office every day and expects me to travel overseas at weekends in effectively my own time.[/p][/quote]Had it not crossed your mind that NHS patients being sent private hospitals is a glaring example of 'Privatisation by Stealth'?[/p][/quote]Can I add to that Lines If the NHS as a Trust then it is not 100% NHS it is a privately run NHS and there for any problems should be down to the private sector of the NHS and they should take the blame, in stead of passing the buck. southy
  • Score: -4

11:51am Sun 8 Jun 14

sparkster says...

what gets me is you are told if you notice any lumps or bumps or have symptoms you are told to go to your GP, you do then you are referred, some cancers are aggressive and the sooner you have the treatment the better, it makes you wonder if more lives could be saved, im glad you got sorted out acid drop, long may you stay free, having to wait a year is disgusting
what gets me is you are told if you notice any lumps or bumps or have symptoms you are told to go to your GP, you do then you are referred, some cancers are aggressive and the sooner you have the treatment the better, it makes you wonder if more lives could be saved, im glad you got sorted out acid drop, long may you stay free, having to wait a year is disgusting sparkster
  • Score: 0

4:05pm Sun 8 Jun 14

acid drop says...

PennyDreadful wrote:
acid drop wrote:
Diagnosed with prostate cancer in May 2013 it took the NHS until May 2014 to finally remove my diseased prostate.
Acid drop I am pleased to hear you finally got your prostate removed but in the year you were waiting did yoy have any other treatments?
I had a biopsy and an MRI scan that was all.
[quote][p][bold]PennyDreadful[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: Diagnosed with prostate cancer in May 2013 it took the NHS until May 2014 to finally remove my diseased prostate.[/p][/quote]Acid drop I am pleased to hear you finally got your prostate removed but in the year you were waiting did yoy have any other treatments?[/p][/quote]I had a biopsy and an MRI scan that was all. acid drop
  • Score: 0

10:29am Mon 9 Jun 14

Scallysaint says...

My dad has been diagnosed with throat cancer eventually after being told last october that he didnt have cancer.The dentist saw it and within 3 days it was confirmed. After giving up his job having paid his tax n N/i all his life,being told on 1st day of Chemo sorry No beds at the cancer unit??? Not once twice but THREE times.Then lose all yr Details n yr not even booked in at all.Its a 5year life expectancy 18 months wasted due to soton general.NHS is being sucked dry by ppl not paid into it or entitled to it unlike my Dad :/
My dad has been diagnosed with throat cancer eventually after being told last october that he didnt have cancer.The dentist saw it and within 3 days it was confirmed. After giving up his job having paid his tax n N/i all his life,being told on 1st day of Chemo sorry No beds at the cancer unit??? Not once twice but THREE times.Then lose all yr Details n yr not even booked in at all.Its a 5year life expectancy 18 months wasted due to soton general.NHS is being sucked dry by ppl not paid into it or entitled to it unlike my Dad :/ Scallysaint
  • Score: 1

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