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Surgeons say they expressed safety concerns to hospital bosses before child’s death

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 07 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1779
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Surgeons at a leading UK children’s hospital have said that they were worried about the safety of surgery services some time before the death of a child whose urgent operation was repeatedly postponed and that they only decided to speak to the media after management failed to respond to their concerns.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust has admitted failings in the case of Kayden Urmston-Bancroft, a 20 month old who died in April 2016 from cardiac failure after waiting several days for a hole in his diaphragm to be repaired at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, which is part of the trust.

Surgeons at the hospital told The BMJ that they had repeatedly raised concerns about shortages of staff, emergency operating theatres, and critical care beds at the hospital. Basem Khalil, secretary of …

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