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London hospital slated for “chaotic” ultrasound service

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 23 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1193
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The Commission for Health Improvement, the government's NHS watchdog, has branded the diagnostic screening service of a London hospital a “chaotic shambles,” in what is probably its most damning investigative report to date.

    North London's Chase Farm Hospital had 2700 patients waiting for ultrasound scans when the CHI decided to investigate in February. Some of the referrals dated back more than a year.

    It became, said the report, “routinely acceptable for ultrasound requests to be left unactioned. The unprocessed referrals were not hidden away and many staff at all levels knew that they were there.” …

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