The news broke tonight on the back of the Sibert Report finally being released under Freedom of Information to BBC London in the 6.30 BBC London news.
I have raised it on the floor of the chamber and on this blog many times (just use the search button) – that the health care failings in Children’s Safeguarding by Great Ormond Street (GOSH) were never looked into properly and worse.
Finally – with the release of the Sibert Report – anyone can see if they compare the original report with the addendum supplied to the Serious Case Revew what has been removed. The BBC London website has an excellent report on the scandal here.
Whilst the establishment tries to close around Great Ormond Street to protect the Chief Executive – the facts are out there now to be seen by all. GOSH have refuted all the charges and the Board say they have complete confidence in Dr Collins. Shame on them.
In their statement they say they met me about my concerns. No – they met me about concerns about one of my constituents (one of the four paediatric consultants who was put on special leave because she raised concerns about the danger to children in St Ann’s Hospital). That meeting was not about the withholding of information from the Serious Case Review. And moreover – even that meeting was only granted after Baroness Blackstone (Chair of Great Ormond Street Board) had refused to meet me on my own without Dr Collins present. I have the emails!
Haringey was rightly in the spotlight as the lead agency in the wake of the Baby P tragedy – but perhaps that spotlight detracted from the terribly dangerous conditions in which vulnerable children were being left by the management failures by GOSH.
The fact that these failings – this vital information – never reached the Serious Case Review because it was removed from the addendum submitted to the Serious Case Review is a scandal. Dr Collins is the author of the addendum.
I have called for an investigation into the withholding of this vital information and wait to see whether real justice will be done.
Liberal Democrat Voice have written a post on this here.