Three new gaping holes in Great Ormond Street Hospital’s defense of their managerial operation have opened up in the last couple of days.
Andrew Gilligan writing in the Sunday Telegraph today uncovers more material and more witnesses that demonstrate GOSH’s failure to deal with patient safety issues when warned by top consultants with the management turning on those who dare raise such issues. You can read his article here. This follows exactly what happened to my constituent, Kim Holt, a consultant paediatrician working for GOSH at St Ann’s before Baby Peter’s death – who warned that the situation was dangerous and for her troubles was turned on by the hospital. Clearly there are many others in similar positions at GOSH.
Second – a group of consultants have called on the Secretary of State for Health to order an independent inquiry into all of this. They say that there is such a culture of fear that no one dares speak out. I know quite a few people who won’t speak to the media – but would give evidence to an inquiry. Only with the protection of an official inquiry will we get to the truth.
Thirdly – and most relevant to my concern that GOSH withheld vital information from the 1st Serious Case Review (a statutory process) which documents the events leading up to Baby Peter’s death – is that a key part of GOSH’s defense is that they withheld the information on police advice. In a BBC London report on Friday night the BBC say that Scotland Yard refutes this absolutely and they would never give such advice and it would not be in their jurisdiction to do so.