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Birmingham Children's Hospital investigated

11th November 2008

The Healthcare Commission has announced that it plans to launch an investigation into "serious concerns about care and management" at Birmingham Children's Hospital foundation trust

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Issues at the trust have been raised including substandard management and a "lack of confidence in managers at all levels". These included not reporting incidents and staff issues.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson has asked the Commission to investigate the problems.

Services at the trust included in the review are renal transplant, liver transplant, neurosciences and vascular services.

Heart of Birmingham teaching PCT told the trust it must perform a review to address the issues.

A report for Heart of Birmingham, South Birmingham and Birmingham East and North PCTs said: "The lack of clinical incident reporting is an area of serious concern with regard to good governance."

Heart of Birmingham chief executive Sandy Bradbrook said this was "a good example" of how a commissioning organisation could affect and "ensure patient safety and improvement of quality services".

The hospital said through a spokesman that there was "absolutely no clinical risk to patients".

The spokesman added that the hospital was not hiding anything and they had asked Great Ormond Street Hospital to look into the issues and publish a public report of their review.

The Healthcare Commission will publish a report following its investigation.

 

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