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PRESS RELEASE: Rosie Duffield MP calls for Investigation into local NHS Trust, as Blunders May Have Put Lives at Risk.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, 11th April 2018


East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust is reexamining over 5,000 x-rays,
dating back up to 10 years, after it is revealed that some images on their
radiology systems may never have been reviewed.

Rosie Duffield MP is calling for an immediate independent investigation to be launched after routine
inquiries at the East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust found that imaging records on their IT
systems don’t match. This mismatch of images of potential tumor sites and other complaints, suggests
that some images may not have been reviewed by a Radiologist within 6-weeks of the image being
taken, if ever. According to information released this week by the Trust and published in the Health
Service Journal, up to 5000 patients who have had images taken since 2007, may be affected.

This new blunder comes less than a week after it was revealed that numerous babies in the neo-natal
ward at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford have been colonized with MRSA, after staff screening
processes for the infection has been proved to be ineffective.

Rosie Duffield says, ‘I am exceptionally concerned about recent news coming from East Kent Hospital
University Foundation Trust. I am calling on the Trust to publish all facts about the radiology imaging
mis-matches and exactly how many patients have been affected. I am also calling for an independent
investigation to be led by a Consultant Radiologist nominated by the Royal College of Radiologists.’

Continuing, Rosie Duffield pointed out ‘Our local Trust’s record on cancer care is woefully. At the
moment a quarter of patients here are still not beginning their treatment for cancer or suspected
cancer even 9 weeks after an urgent GP referral. These reported confusions and misses by the
radiology department will only serve to make things much, much worse. These blunders can risk lives.’

Finishing her statement, Rosie Duffield said: ‘I will be writing to ask for a meeting with the new
Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust to discuss these errors and the
continuing failure of the Trust to ensure patient safety. I will also be writing to the CQC’s National
Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, to request an immediate and supplementary inspection
on patient safety at the Trust in light of these revelations and those on the recent MRSA outbreak.’

For further information, please contact Mimi Jones, Constituency and Communications Assistant to
Rosie Duffield MP, on [email protected] or 01227 467 888