Trust took 10 years to deal with consultant whose competence was in question, report says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1446 (Published 4 March 2013)
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  1. Clare Dyer
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A consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist went on practising despite more than a decade of questions about his competence because of inadequate communication within his employing trust and a “lack of clarity on roles and processes” to deal with such cases, an independent report has concluded.

Rob Jones was appointed as a consultant at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in 1992 and was formally investigated eight times since 2000. The first reference to concerns about his practice appeared in a clinical director’s file note in 1997.

His career finally ended in May 2012 after the trust received the report of a review by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This concluded that retraining was not a realistic option “given the breadth of deficiencies and the length of time problems had …

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