Great Ormond Street Hospital – no confidence in CEO

I missed this on the news – but caught it on the BBC website this morning.

Over 40 consultants have apparently signed and handed over a letter of no confidence in the CEO and senior management of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Ever since I got involved with the excellent child paediatrician, Kim Holt, who tried to raise concerns over the management and processes in Haringey’s child protection health team (which was managed by Great Ormond Street and included the doctor who failed to recognise Baby Peter’s condition) and who has been on ‘special leave’ ever since for her trouble – I have wondered whether the management would ever be brought to account.

I have been working on Kim Holt’s case now for three years.

Kim is supported by thousands of her colleagues who recently handed in a petition to the Secretary of State for Health.

I succeeded in getting an ‘independent’ investigation by NHS London into her case a while back – which reported about six months ago.

Ms Holt is a senior child paediatrician with an unblemished and exemplary record (as stated in the investigation by NHS London report) but she has been blocked from returning to her post for three years now – since she raised concerns about the management of child protection in the Haringey health team. The report recommended mediation as a route back to work.

However the Trust needs to be a party to the mediation in order for the dispute to be resolved.

Given that the Trust is the organisation against whom Ms Holt was a whistle blower, the Strategic Health Authority should ideally be commissioning the mediation process. Otherwise this is tantamount to handing back to the organisation that Ms Holt has made allegations about, the full responsibility for determining her future.

So – to find today – that over 40 consultants have taken such a serious step as signing a letter of no confidence in the CEO Jane Collins – would seem to back up everything that Kim Holt has experienced in trying to get her job back!