A report, published today by NHS London, investigating the allegations of Kim Holt is the result of the investigation that I got for Kim to try and get justice for her (see previous post). But it wasn’t only justice for Kim – it was also about trying to make sure that the management of the child protection health team came under the same spotlight that the sacked managers in Haringey Children’s Service had come under for their part in the Baby Peter tragedy.
The failings that Kim (with three other senior consultant paediatricians) had alerted Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) management to were so serious, that when they were ignored by management, they had to resort to signing a letter jointly to Dr David Elliman and Jane Elias – the management team at GOSH. The letter was quite explicit and expressed the doctors’ concerns and also expressed their anger that those concerns were being ignored and their view that this put vulnerable children at risk.
The report is very critical of Great Ormond Street (GOSH) and the senior managers – but where is the resultant action? As I said in my last post – if there is no consequence to poor management, if no jobs are lost – then what is going to make senior managers take notice next doctors tell them children are in danger. Nothing!