Basildon Hospital’s £14 million overspend highlighted

Bas Hosp

By Local Democracy Reporter
Piers Meyler

BASILDON Hospital spent almost £14m more than it was expecting, leaving it with a deficit of more than £26 million for the year.

It has also been highlighted by the NHS as one of the worst performing hospitals for cancer treatment.

With just 67.8 per cent of the 236 people seen for cancer starting their treatment within 62 days, just four hospital trusts had worse figures than Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts.

The number of people seen by A&E within four hours went down from 86.6 per cent to 82.7 per cent.

In fact, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust failed to meet any its key performance targets, at the same time accruing debts for the year of £53 million, £28m worse than planned.

Just 78.5 per cent of patients were seen within four hours after arriving at A&E – almost 20 per cent off the target of 95 per cent, according to figures published by the NHS for the fourth quarter up to March 31.

The figures are worse than those in the third quarter when 83.6 per cent of patients were seen within four hours.

The trusts cancer treatment has also slipped. 72.5 per cent of patients started their treatment within 62 days in the quarter leading up to March 31, compared to 73.7 per cent during the winter.

A trust spokesman said: “The trust is committed to providing high quality, safe care for our patients.

“In line with other hospitals across the country, in response to rising demand and pressures on resources, waiting times in A&E and for cancer treatment remain an area for continued improvement.

“We have a comprehensive action plan in place to ensure we are able to improve our performance.”

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