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Expert witnesses give evidence to Public Accounts Committee regarding NHS waiting times

The Public Accounts Committee report into NHS waiting times found that it could not be sure that waiting time data was accurate and stated that “Trusts were struggling with a hotchpotch of IT and paper based systems that are not easily put together, which makes it difficult for them to track and collate patient information needed to manage and record patients waiting time.”

Under the guidance of the chair of the Parliamentary Committee the  Rt. Hon. Margaret Hodge, MP extensive expert evidence was obtained from the following expert witnesses, Tracey Fletcher, Chief Executive, Homerton University  Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dr.Sonia Swart, Chief Executive Northampton General Hospital and Dr. David Bennett, Chief Exucutive, Monitor. Evidence was also obtained from Dale Bywater, Delivery and Development Director, NHS Trust Development Authority, Sir David Nicholson KCB, CBE, Chief Executive NHS England and Una O’Brien,CB Permanent Secretary Department Of Health.

The Committee concluded that the Department of Health should work with the NHS England the NHS Trust Development Authority to agree a timetable for trust’s systems and processes to produce accurate Data, and the data should be independently audited. The Department should also look into whether trusts should be fined for failing to meet waiting time standards.
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