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CHI finds poor working relationships hamper hospital's care

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:731
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    The Commission for Health Improvement has called on Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust in southeast England to “urgently resolve” tensions between consultants after an investigation into deaths of babies at the maternity unit.

    Releasing its final report, the commission said no evidence existed of a “direct link” between the deaths and the poor working relationships at the unit, but the difficulties were hampering the overall quality of care.

    The commission refused to elaborate on the exact nature of the difficulties, saying it was not its role to comment on the performance of individual doctors.

    The trust, whose top-tier management was replaced in 2001 after it was awarded a “no stars” performance rating by the Department of Health, called in the commission after a baby died …

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