GOS concerns19th April 2012
Accusations have been levelled at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) that it is downgrading child protection work.
The former head of radiology Professor Christine Hall says the hospital has withdrawn from vital child protection work since the Peter Connelly - Baby P - case in which GOSH radiologists were relied upon to give their expert opinion on child abuse cases to doctors around the country.
She pointed to scores of complex cases each year which often involved preparation of reports for court cases.
“Other people might be tempted to improve what we're doing, but it seems the opposite case here. They just wanted to withdraw from anything to do with child abuse,” claimed Professor Hall.
“The consultants were told they could no longer accept referrals of possible child abuse cases. I was shocked. This was the whole reason for Great Ormond Street existing, to help with difficult cases and to provide opinions for court appearances and things like that.”
Professor Hall also said concerns raised by staff about downgrading the service have not been treated appropriately.
However, GOSH has rejected this and a spokesperson stressed: “Any concern raised by staff at Great Ormond Street is taken very seriously. We encourage staff to raise concerns.”
In a separate issues details have also emerged of a dispute involving senior radiologist Dr Cathy Owens, who faced an allegation of fraud in 2008 over her claims for reimbursement of the congestion charge.
Professor Hall claims Dr Owens was targeted unfairly and that the move was "pure victimisation".
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