A report which has investigated surgical standards at Europe’s biggest children’s hospital has ruled that it no longer provides “world-class” care.
The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) carried out a review into standards at Alder Hey children’s hospital on Merseyside after it was asked to look into 20 specific cases between 2004 and last year. The team found that, while it was still providing a “safe surgical service”, it wasn’t a national leader any longer and it flagged up poor consent procedures as well as delays in reviewing deaths. The investigation began after two separate whistleblowers raised concerns.
The RSC has now made 24 recommendations which it wants implemented within six months. These include more support for consultants and a review of operational consent practices. Louise Shepherd, chief executive at Alder Hey, said that the RCS recommendations were helpful and that action had already started to ensure that it continued to be a leading children’s trust.