Enquiry into NHS Centre22nd August 2006
Complaints by a former doctor have led to an investigation into the safety of an NHS walk-in centre run by Atos Origin. Dr Anila Reddy resigned from his post as lead GP at the centre in Canary Wharf, London, and raised his concerns in a letter to the government.
Dr Reddy alleged that nurses were being encouraged to work beyond their remits to drive down waiting lists, and "being allowed to see patients without the usual compulsory protocols, which are absolutely necessary for patient safety".
Department of Health has asked Atos Origin to investigate. Atos said that "Patient safety is of the utmost importance and any claim regarding patient care and safety is taken extremely seriously.
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Wednesday 27th September 2006 @ 10:34
Follow up to your article on me resigning from privately run NHS walk in centre in Canary wharf because of my concerns at nurses not using protocols and not having adequate qualifications
Basically I have been denied access to the investigation results and been sent a reply from the private sector of the DOH and the private company virtually identical that says everything is safe.
It so happened that the day before the results of this internal investigation was discussed two more members of the staff; an experienced gp Dr Abiola Balgowan and the only nurse on the gp specialist registrar both resigned from this unit because they shared the same concerns as me.
The nurses there are all adult nurses and have not been taught basic child resucitation skills. They are not on the NMCs paediatric register yet are still being told they can see children.N one of them have the RCN's nurse practitiner qualifications. I am still awaiting replies from the National Patient Safety Agency ,the GMC and the Health Care Commission.
I have letters of support from the presidents of the Royal college of physicians,ophthalmologists,paediatricians,surgeons and the GMC.The NMC the nursing midwifery council and the DOH have just decided to massively delay the introduction of an advanced nurse practitioner register which if it were introduced would stop the dangers that has led to two doctors and a nurse resigning from this walk in centre.
The NMC seems to think the nursing code of practice will protect patients from nurses working outside thier scope of practice but has in its advice given a get out clause so that nurses can work outside their scope of practice. It is like not having a general medical register and saying the Hippocratic oath will protect patients. Surely regulation of nurse practitioners with defined standards,qualifications and training should be in place before the expansion of nurse led clinics especially in the private sector where a different set of rules is allowed to be applied.
Dr Anila Reddy
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Title: Enquiry into NHS Centre
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 719
Date Added: 22nd Aug 2006