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Treliske Gynaecologist Report

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4:48pm 28th February 2013
(Updated 4:48pm 28th February 2013)

Cornwall's biggest hospital has been told it did not do enough to deal with concerns about the care and treatment given by a former gynaecologist.

Almost 60 women seen by Dr Rob Jones at Treliske have been called back for fresh checks.

Now a report says the response from bosses was "less than adequate".

A serious untoward incident in January 2010 was among those not picked up quick enough.

It also found bosses missed numerous opportunites to act during several earlier reviews.

You can read the findings of all five reports here

Lezli Boswell, Chief Executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, said: "I would want to say that we're sorry. We know that many of them now are receiving the appropriate care and treatment, and that we want to make sure that no other woman in future actually encounters what they've had to suffer.

"I think it's deeply saddening and very disappointing. I do want to thank the women that spoke out and also our staff, I think it's important to give recognition to them. I think I'm heartened that the services are (now) deemed safe."

Martin Watts, Chairman at RCHT said:

“On behalf of the Trust I wish to unreservedly apologise to those women and their families for the pain, distress and anxiety caused by the practice of former Obstetric and Gynaecology Consultant Mr Rob Jones. The Independent Organisational Learning Review commissioned by the current Trust Board confirms that concerns identified about some of Mr Jones’ practice should have been addressed with more vigour and urgency.

“We must fully acknowledge the mistakes made – apologise and learn from them – whilst also recognising the significant progress continuing to be made by our dedicated staff to secure better and safer care for the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

The Royal Cornwall Hospital contacted more than two thousand patients in all.

Dr Rob Jones is the consultant who helped deliver the Prime Minister's youngest baby.

Claire Hill from Tywardreath was left with complications after surgery: "I was incontinent which was just horrible. It was absolutely horrible. It leaves you with no confidence, no sense of worth and you can't go out in the clothes that you would normally wear because you have to cover the bag that's strapped to your leg.

"I just found myself very unattractive and became very introvert. I couldn't go about my daily life. I couldn't socalise. I had a good network of friends and that, but when you're not going through it yourself, as supportive as they were, emotionally it's very, very difficult to deal with."

Graham Webster from Health Initiative Cornwall says they all deserve answers: "I want the reports to be completely open, honest and transparent. We understand there were a number of alerts made during a long period of time. We want to know exactly what happened and when it happened and effectively, who is responsible."




4:48pm 28th February 2013

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