Patients ‘at risk’ as NHS England delays clinical reports
Patients are being put at risk because NHS England is delaying the publication of national clinical audits, HSJ has been told.
Several royal colleges have expressed “significant concerns” about NHS England’s interference with the national clinical audit programme process.
HSJ has learned a number of clinical audit reports have been delayed by months because NHS England and its communications team have not given their approval for publication under its new report approval process.
In addition, several reports for the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death have also been delayed. These include a report on acute heart failure, which was due to be published in the summer, and a report on cancer in children and teenagers, which was due for publication in September.
A third NCEPOD report on perioperative diabetes is due to be published later this month but has not yet been signed off by NHS England.