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9 Nov

Read All About It: We’re Always In The Press
Birmingham Children’s Hospital is often in the news.

Apparently so. From today’s Observer ::

Scandal of care at top children’s hospital

Treatment at one of Britain’s leading children’s hospitals is worse than that in the developing world, according to a damning doctors’ report uncovered by The Observer which also reveals how parents are “told lies” to cover up sub-standard care.

In the document, which the head of the Royal College of Surgeons describes as alarming, consultants are scathing about the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Last night MPs called for a full inquiry into the quality of care at the hospital, where children are treated for life-threatening conditions such as liver or kidney failure, neurological problems and chronic heart complaints.

The report was commissioned by the NHS primary care trusts in Birmingham that fund the hospital after senior doctors at the hospital and the neighbouring University Hospital Birmingham, including world-renowned experts in paediatric care, complained that their repeated attempts to raise the alarm had been ignored. The report reveals that:

• Doctors lie to parents about why their child has undergone a major operation because they cannot admit that the hospital lacks the personnel and infrastructure to conduct safer procedures.

• Support for surgeons undertaking kidney transplants is so poor that consultants felt they had received better back-up when performing such procedures on a visit to Lagos, the capital of Nigeria.

• Transplant services for children with serious liver failure are so poor that they constitute “a third-class service [which is] putting patients at risk”.

• Children with neurological problems have been involved in “close calls” – potential threats to their health – because of delays in getting them admitted to the right specialist ward. Nurses who work on the ward are resigning because of dangers to patients.

• Staff who support surgeons during complex operations do not recognise which surgical instrument has been requested, causing delays.

• Doctors no longer report safety risks because “there is no point” as hospital managers do not respond with action.

• Specialist services for very ill children with rare conditions “are being allowed to wither on the vine” because of a lack of resources and poor management.

I would advise that the first step in damage limitation would be to change this unfortunate text on the website. BTW. I checked the PR link, and the only thing I could find was the following note ::

Brilliant New Story Here Soon

Watch this space!