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Gary Burgess reports
A report into safety standards at Jersey's General Hospital may never be made public.
The Aitkenhead Report was commissioned following the death of a patient after routine surgery.
Now the island's Health And Safety Inspectorate says the law does not allow the document to be published.
It was written last summer following concerns over an operation which went wrong at Jersey's General Hospital. There was a further follow up report produced last month.
While some of its contents were read out at an inquest at the Royal Court earlier this month, just what the whole document and its appendices actually say about hospital safety standards is not fully known.
We do know the Aitkenhead Report highlights reservations about the clinical judgement of a surgeon.
We understand it flags up concerns about the appraisals of doctors who work at the hospital.
And we know it raises questions about key players being employed on temporary contracts.
All of that said, hospital managers say the report is just a snapshot of a moment in time, and that standards are always improving.
Andrew McLaughlin, managing director of the General Hospital, said: "I think it's very important that people realise that care in Jersey is safe. The hospital is safe. We have some superb dedicated staff and they go well beyond what can be required. You're always better off contacting healthcare professionals than you are not doing so if you believe there's something wrong with your health and there are some very professional people here who can help you."
Reassurances all round, but for some, publication of the Aitkenhead Report is the only healthy outcome.
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Posted By: JANE, St Martin on 14-Apr-2012
I totally agree with Mr McLaughlin about seeing healthcare professionals. However when you have already seen two GP's in a week and end up being told in A & E that you are too complicated a case and aren't even looked at and sent home, then where do you go? Huh, Mr McLaughlin, answer me that!
Posted By: John Trinity on 14-Apr-2012
Simply show the report or this shows that certain things are being hidden or covered up .....Where's our Health Minister ....again simply not up for the job !!
Posted By: grumpyoldwoman on 13-Apr-2012
I guess States Members realise that they may become seriously ill one day...but,hey, they'll all be going private won't they?
Posted By: TheMoaningOldBugger on 13-Apr-2012
We heard the Managing Director on the news, but where is his boss "Superwoman" never seen her attend the hospital during a major incident, but the local lad managed to turn up............perhaps she is running scared that she will be shown up that she is NOT doing the job she was employed to do
Posted By: dave/stclements on 13-Apr-2012
hear hear , john woodward.
the tax payer pays to run the place , no matter how much one pays , we all do , so have a right to know , whats going on.
just shows the usual contempt for the taxpayer.
Posted By: irene on 13-Apr-2012
A surgeon from the General hospital remarked in the JEP last night stating how experienced this particular surgeon is and would like a newspaper reporter to spend a night shift with a junior doctor and a nurse to see how difficult things are. The problem is its not those 2 peoples jobs that are in question, its the surgeons capabilities that are in question
Posted By: Jason on 13-Apr-2012
It's time the States stopped pussy-fotting around the health department. The line is always "what a wonderful job they do" without any critical judgment at all. The health services in Jersey leave a lot to be desired and it is only by open and honest criticism that the service will improve. Yet again, the reaction of the States is to sweep things under the carpet and hope they go away. It's time this patronising attitude towards taxpayers ended. Let us see the report and then we can judge properly as to whether improvements are being made.
Posted By: Ill at Home St. Sav. on 13-Apr-2012
My Doctor wanted me in hospital recently, but I refused saying 'no, they'll kill me'.
This is a disgraceful situation in a rich island where SO much money is wasted wantonly. We should have one of the most up to date and well equipped facilities here, never mind all the added stress of patients having to go to England for treatment etc. we should have all the latest diagnostic tools available and treatment should be first class. It is not, unfortunately, and we need to see what is in this report, but no doubt it;'s not fit for human consumption!
Posted By: J G on 13-Apr-2012
Oh.... and lessons will be learnt yet again will they?
I agree, we the tax payer paid for this report, and therefore have every right to know what it contains. Furthermore it is our hospital hence we also have a right to know what is and is not right there.
And please could the Health and Safety Inspectorate cite which law says that this cannot be made public? or is this just another example of a law being made up to suit.
Posted By: mallouin on 13-Apr-2012
As I understand the report timing stated that we were approx 8 years behind the UK although that has now improved,my question is why are we benchmarking against the UK when we should be looking to best practice from wherever.For all the good points in the UK NHS there are many,many bad ones.Within our financial restraints we should be seeking excellence of care from wherever the ideas come,or is this all down to our health system being run by so many UK civil servants?
Posted By: JERSEY GIRL on 13-Apr-2012
The public of Jersey should be allowed to see this document otherwise it smacks of yet another cover up.From the little we know already I would be very worried about various aspects of the hospital and the assurances from Andrew Mc Laughlin do nothing to put my mind at rest-quite the opposite in fact.People deserve the facts and not letting them have them is very worrying especially when they have been given a small amount of information which points to all NOT being good at the hospital.
Posted By: john woodward. St John on 13-Apr-2012
The tax payers payed for the report and the tax payer should be entitled to see it. If it is against the law then the law should be changed.There is far to much secrecy in the states.
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