Britain's leading Children's Hospital 'worse than third world by the pediatricians
Posted Nov 10 2008 4:16pm
A report and follow up will be forthcoming as a result of the physicians’ report that stated they were receiving better support elsewhere and in other countries. BD
One of Britain's leading children's hospitals has been heavily criticized in a doctors' report which claims some specialist services are worse than in the developing world. The report into care at Birmingham Children's Hospital (BCH) obtained by The Observer reveals that doctors feel they received better theatre support when performing kidney transplants during a charity visit to Lagos, Nigeria, than at the Midlands hospital. The Pediatric Tertiary Services report, which was published on the newspaper's website, was commissioned following concerns raised by specialist doctors at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and BCH.
Health Secretary Alan Johnson said the Healthcare Commission would be looking at the matter independently next week. He told BBC One's The Politics Show: "I am very worried about that report, but let's get it in context. This is the Birmingham Children's Hospital, which has some of the finest pediatricians in the country.
"It was the consultant pediatricians themselves who were drawing attention to a problem. As John Black, the head of the Royal College of Surgeons, points out, there is no harm done yet. They are talking about the possibility if we don't tackle it."