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Colchester: cancer errors ‘incompetence not bullying’

Inaccuracies in a hospital’s cancer waiting times figures were caused by managerial incompetence rather than bullying of staff, investigators found.

An inquiry into Colchester Hospital in Essex found evidence of “sub-optimal care” but nothing to suggest systematic data manipulation.

A separate review found evidence of “serious managerial failures”.

The hospital’s chief executive apologised to patients who received “poor care” or delayed treatment.

“I am very pleased there appears to be no evidence of systematic data manipulation at the trust,” said Dr Lucy Moore.

“It is important that we now rebuild confidence in the cancer services provided here in Colchester.”

Read more at BBC Health.

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