Report reveals Stafford hospital surgery team was “dysfunction” and “frankly dangerous”

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 11 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1581
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A Royal College of Surgeons team found “inadequate, unsafe and at times frankly dangerous” standards of general surgery at Stafford Hospital in 2009, a previously confidential report released by the public inquiry into standards of care at the hospital shows.

“The general surgical team is probably the most dysfunctional encountered by any member of the review team,” the report added. “Its members are polarised and this causes problems for nursing and support staff and, crucially, puts patients’ safety at risk.”

The experts from the college said the behaviour of many of the consultants was “unacceptable” and concluded: “The department must not be allowed to operate as it does currently.”

The report was commissioned by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust after the …

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