The Guardian reported yesterday on the care of a four year old boy who died following a heart operation at Bristol Royal Children’s hospital in March 2012. His parents told the inquest that there was a shortage of staff and lack of expertise on his ward.
The coroner confirmed that there were lost opportunities to provide medical care or treatment following the operation. There are reportedly up to ten families believed to be taking action against the trust following the treatment of children at the hospital.
Doctors can face a conflict between their professional obligations to their patients and the facilities provided by their trust. They should be raising concerns with their trust if they have concerns, rather than just trying to make the best of the facilities provided. If they do not raise the issues with the trust, they could later face Professional Conduct allegations or investigation by the GMC about their fitness to practice.
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