- Clare Dyer
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 …