Great Ormond Street’s been put on a pedestal it doesn’t deserve, says father of disabled girl treated there

The lonely death of Baby P was one of those moments that jolted the entire nation. That picture of the blond-haired infant in his blue jumper looking pleadingly into the camera became an iconic image, symbolising the horrors visited on those who fall through the fissures in society.

The death led to a series of inquiries, with social workers sacked and a doctor struck off. Four years on, the shockwaves still reverberate. Now they have rocked one of Britain’s most revered institutions. Continue reading “Great Ormond Street’s been put on a pedestal it doesn’t deserve, says father of disabled girl treated there”

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Stinging rebuke for Great Ormond Street’s management in The Lancet

Writing in the latest edition of The Lancet, one of the world’s most respected medical journals, its editor Richard Horton says:

‘If GOSH’s [Great Ormond Street Hospital’s] management team had been in Wigan they would almost certainly have departed by now. Perhaps GOSH is just too important to be seen to fail. Even when a child dies.’ (The Lancet) Continue reading “Stinging rebuke for Great Ormond Street’s management in The Lancet”

Former Great Ormond Street Hospital doctor suspended

A former doctor at Great Ormond Street Hospital has been temporarily suspended from the medical register while being investigated over child abuse claims.

Philipp Bonhoeffer, who stopped seeing patients at the London-based hospital in 2009, faces a General Medical Council (GMC) disciplinary hearing.

The Metropolitan Police (Met) said the allegations involved children in Kenya but no arrests had been made. Continue reading “Former Great Ormond Street Hospital doctor suspended”

Great Ormond Street crisis as hospital consultants reject management

The world-famous Great Ormond Street Hospital has been left in crisis after around half of its top medical staff signed a formal letter of no confidence in its management.

Between 40 and 50 of the hospital’s senior consultants have demanded that the chief executive, Jane Collins, resign amid what one described as “growing concerns over patient care”.

The letter has been organised by a group of around 20 consultants convened by their professional body, the British Medical Association, at a meeting in its London headquarters on the evening of May 5.

In the weeks since, the letter was circulated around senior staff at the hospital for signature.

It has now been submitted to the chairman of Great Ormond Street, the Labour peer Baroness Blackstone. A group of the organisers has met Lady Blackstone to discuss the letter.

The signatories are understood to include some or all of the team who recently featured in a BBC documentary about Great Ormond Street’s intensive treatment unit.

A spokesman for the BMA said: “Our role was in facilitating this action. It is a grassroots initiative by the consultants concerned and we have been providing advice and support.” Continue reading “Great Ormond Street crisis as hospital consultants reject management”