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Children put at risk at hospital

20th March 2009

A report released by the Healthcare Commission has shown brain surgery was carried out at Birmingham Children's Hospital without the presence of specialist theatre nurses.


The report showed that this meant in one instance a surgeon was given the incorrect surgical tool and his hand was knocked. This type of incident triggered the Commission to be "deeply concerned" about "less than optimal care" at the hospital.

However the report concluded that there was "no evidence of any serious incidents causing harm to patients".

The Commission's investigation caused BCH's chief executive Paul O'Connor to hand in his resignation on 7 March.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson ordered the investigation in 2008 because of concerns the hospital was endangering patients.

The report said it was "deeply concerning" that problems had not been addressed more quickly. These problems included a lack of beds, trained staff and operating theatres because of a drastically increased number of patients.

Over the first six months of last year the hospital saw 2,000 more inpatients and carried out 10,000 more outpatient assessments in comparison to the previous year.

The report said the hospital was now beginning to address the concerns raised in June 2008.

Sarah-Jane Marsh, BCH interim chief executive said: "Whilst we acknowledge that the issues raised were significant, the clinicians involved at the time managed all situations expertly."


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