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Care at Birmingham Children’s Hospital had “serious potential risks,” says watchdog

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 23 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1207
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    A series of failings has been blamed for the “less than optimal care” given to patients treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

    An investigation by the Healthcare Commission, the health services watchdog body, found difficulties in accessing beds and theatres at the hospital, a lack of interventional radiology, poorly trained theatre staff, and a lack of communication between the trust and doctors from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which provided some services at the hospital.

    Although the commission found no evidence that patients had come to any serious harm, Anna Walker, the commission’s chief executive, said, “The standard of care has not been as good as it should have been in some cases.” She added, “While I would not say there were ‘third world’ conditions, there …

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