PERFORMANCE: Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has launched a review of the care provided to women by the consultant who delivered prime minister David Cameron’s baby.
The trust has written to all 1,574 women treated by obstetrics and gynaecology consultant Rob Jones in the past two and a half years. It has also commissioned an external review to examine whether concerns about Mr Jones, which date back to at least 2000, should have been acted on sooner.
Concerns, raised by staff and patients, relate to the clinical competence of Mr Jones and primarily to complications following surgery, such as incontinence.
Trust chief executive Lezli Boswell told HSJ the trust board was waiting for the outcome of the first case note review before deciding whether to contact women treated by Dr Jones over a longer period.
She said: “We have discovered that women put up with too much. We want to make sure that there are not women out there who are suffering unduly.”
Dr Jones joined the trust in 1992. His practice was limited in October 2011 following an internal management review sparked by concerns raised by staff and patients. The trust bought in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to conduct a review which concluded he could not be retrained and so should retire and voluntarily remove himself from the General Medical Council’s register. He left the trust in September.
There had been six reviews of his practice during his time at the trust.
The external review will also consider whether these previous reviews should have prompted more action.
Ms Boswell, who joined the trust in September 2011, said: “Although we have heard the concerns of staff and patients more recently I want to know why that wasn’t the case before… I think this will have wider application to the NHS.”
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7 November 2012