Barts' inpatient waiting list - worst in England?

A post on NO2ID points out that Barts and The London has more patients waiting in excess of 30 weeks for inpatient treatment than any other trust listed in Department of Health statistics. The Government promises patients a maximum wait of 26 weeks.

The statistics are for the month of February 2009.  

Barts and The London and hundreds of its patients have ended up as victims of a politically-charged implementation of the Cerner-based Care Records Service a year ago.

This is what one Primary Care Trust – Newham – said of Barts and The London’s inpatient waiting times in a report to its board in March 2009:

“Inpatient Waits: No of patients waiting longer than the standard

“Actual performance: Cumulative 25 breaches as of Jan 2009. All these patients have been treated. Forecast Performance is RED.

“Reasons:  CRS [Care Records Service] implementation is uncovering previously unknown/reported breaches at BLT…

“Actions: There is a trust-wide project at BLT [Barts and The London NHS Trust] initiated to deal with CRS/Clinic cancellation issues…  in order to give further assurance the trust has commissioned external auditors to design a best practice patient access assurance framework which will regularly audit the monitoring and corrective processes. Fortnightly progress reviews (as a part of 18 week monitoring) with NHS London/ Tower Hamlets PCT/DH NUHT [Newham University Hospital Trust] …

“Forecast Annual Health check Performance: We have failed the target.”


Though it was never an intention, it appears that Whitehall officials have ended up testing the Care Records service system at Barts and The London on patients.


Barts responds to criticism it has lost track of patients after CRS go-live – IT Projects

Hundreds of patients lost in NPfIT system – Computer Weekly

NHS trusts to have choice again – Computer Weekly

Barts delays urgent cancer visits – IT Projects  

Cerner’s results up in first quarter – [Cerner’s home town] 

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I am a Barts patient with a chronic illness. Blood tests and the maternity services, plus wards for in-patients are in the West wing at Barts, all on 2nd,3rd and 4th floors. There are 3 lifts, claimed by the man in charge of pfi at Barts to be over 60 years old. They break down regularly and have been doing so for at least 12 months. The result? Patients having to climb the stairs. So far, I've been unable to get a sensible response from anyone responsible.

It looks as though Barts management are wilfully breaking health & Safety laws. They seem to think that if they claim something is being done which ameliorates the situation, that's the same as something actually being done. This is like the lies told by 4 year olds. I am not going away! At least one lift should be replaced, pronto. It is shameful that Barts has a World reputation & some of the best consultants & other medical staff in the UK, but have to tolerate rubbish people 'organising' the admin.

A relative of mine has been working in litigation. Says she dealt with many cases of senior nursing staff claiming against their employers because there seems to be an effort to get rid of the most senior nurses in order to save money.

The patients association website sends out bulletins to those who ask for them and seems to have a new scandal in the NHS to report each week! I'm a child of the NHS and know what the best of it was like 30 years ago, and longer. Bavan must be turning in his grave. Get rid of the overpaid non-medical 'managers and give back power to the medical staff! medical stff