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Investigation into Consultant who Delivered Camerons' Baby in Cornwall

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5:42am 9th November 2012
(Updated 5:42am 9th November 2012)

Pirate FM has learnt the former consultant who delivered David Cameron's youngest baby at a Cornish hospital is at the centre of an investigation.

Treliske is writing to more than fifteen hundred women about their care and treatment by gynaecologist Kenneth Jones, known as Rob Jones, over the last two and a half years.

Samantha Cameron is not among them. A spokesperson for Downing Street said: "We are aware of the situation. I can confirm she is not part of the inquiries that the trust is making."

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has also launched an inquiry into the way it dealt with complaints from staff, dating back a decade.

Over the last week the hospital has sent out letters to 1,574 women asking for feedback on the care they have received. Medical records are also being checked.

Mr Jones had been working for the Trust for twenty years.

Chief Executive Lezli Boswell said: "As a result of concerns raised by our staff about Mr Jones we ordered an immediate internal investigation and at the same time limited his clinical practice.

"RCHT then asked the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to carry out an independent review of Mr Jones' clinical practice. That review has been done and the Trust has implemented all its recommendations. In addition the trust is reviewing the care and treatment offered to specific women seen by Mr Jones.

"I am deeply sorry for any anxiety, pain or distress caused by our patients.

"I also want to acknowledge and thank all those staff and patients who spoke out about Mr Jones."

But Pirate FM has learnt that a number of concerns were raised by staff up to ten years ago and that there have been a number of reviews involving his work at the hospital.

Now the Trust is launching a separate inquiry into how it dealt with these complaints. It is due to report in December.

Mr Jones was suspended from clinical duties in May this year and retired at the end of September. The current management at the hospital first learnt of concerns in October 2011.

Mrs Boswell added: "I wil not tolerate poor clinical practice at RCHT. Patients in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly deserve the very best care and we the Trust Board are committed to ensure that any lessons are learned."

Mr Jones said he had always been a caring doctor who followed national protocols.

Of thirty calls received by a helpline set up for patients, Pirate FM understands a third were to ask for more information, a third to report their experiences and another third to offer support to Mr Jones.

An information line has been set up for patients who have concerns. The 0800 180 4514 number is open from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.

5:42am 9th November 2012

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