• Consultants at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust write letter of support for the trust’s leadership 
  • The letter, signed by 37 consultants, claims it would be “misguided and unnecessary” to change the leadership team
  • The news comes amidst weeks of controversy over the safety of the trust’s services 

Consultants at an under fire trust have written a letter of support for their board amid public outcry over the safety of the organisation’s services.

Thirty seven consultants at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust have written a letter claiming it would be “a misguided and unnecessary distraction” to change the leadership team, following weeks of controversy over the trust’s maternity and emergency services. 

The letter comes amidst an independent review into the trust’s maternity services, looking into the care of more than 100 women and babies.

Published on Sunday, the consultants addressed their letter to “the people of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid-Wales.” 

It said: “We would like to reassure our patients that their safe care is our priority. We welcome the independent review of our maternity department which will help us learn from past events…

“We now have a clear vision for the future of our hospitals. This year we have appointed many new consultants to the trust who want to make their home here and help us realise the vision.

“We will continue to work and support our managers and members of the board to bring this to fruition. Safe and effective care in Telford, Wrekin, Mid Wales and Shropshire requires stable leadership; any major change to the leadership team would be a misguided and unnecessary distraction at this key time.”

The news comes after the trust board voted to close its Telford accident and emergency over night due to concerns about safe staffing and patient safety.

Last month HSJ also reported that the trust received two enforcement action notices from the Care Quality Commission in September, focussing on the safety of its emergency and maternity departments.

This followed a warning from the Care Quality Commission in August, which raised concerns over staff claims that patients were being treated like “cattle”.

In August, local council leader Shaun Davies, also told HSJ multiple staff had contacted him alleging bullying and poor culture within the trust.