Southend University Hospital responds to incorrect story in the Echo newspaper
14 September 2015
A story published in today’s Echo newspaper states that cancer patients in Southend and Castle Point and Rochford have to wait longer than anywhere else in the country.
This is not correct; the story is based on inaccurate
information that was supplied to the Echo from the Department of
Jon Findlay, chief operating officer at the hospital, said: "Of
the ten cancer standards we are monitored against we are
consistently achieving the majority of them.
"Disappointingly the information put out by the Department of
Health around the 62 day target was based on one month's figures
which were distorted as due to technical issues we were unable to
upload our data to the central system last week.
"NHS England information were made aware of this prior to
publication of the figures and had we been approached prior to
publication of today's article could have given the correct
"Our actual performance for July was 82.3%, which whilst we
recognise is still below 85%, exceeds the national average of
"We currently treat around 70 patients a month who have been
referred urgently by their GP with suspected cancer and of these
overall our performance is 82% treated within the 62 day
"As a designated cancer centre we also have referrals from other
hospitals, where part of the diagnosis is undertaken in another
organisation and are often more complex cases.
"We recognise that there is more we need to do to reduce cancer
waiting times and there are detailed plans in place to make
improvements but it is certainly not true that our patients are
waiting longer for treatment than anywhere else in the