Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Following revelations that at least 180 cancer patients referred to West Herts NHS hospitals have not been properly followed up, Peter Lilley met the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to urge him to check that similar problems do not exist in other Trusts. He also spoke to Nick Carver, CEO of North and East Herts NHS, and Pauline Philip, CEO of Luton and Dunstable NHS. They confirmed that their systems do not allow similar problems to happen in either Trust.

    “I strongly support the response of my West Hertfordshire colleagues (whose letter is attached),” said Peter. “It is vital that people referred to oncologists who do not attend appointments are followed up. To delete them from the system is simply wrong. They may well have been unable to attend through illness, other problems or even reluctance to face up to the prospect of a negative diagnosis. Whatever the reason, they should be contacted by the hospital and/or their GP.   I am glad these problems are being dealt with now at West Herts and that the systems at the other two Trusts serving my constituency have not and will not allow similar problems to occur.”

    Joint Letter to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt

    Joint Statement from West Hertfordshire MPs endorsed by Peter Lilley MP