According to a review written by Mike Bewick, former NHS England deputy medical director, a team of surgeons at the St George’s Hospital heart unit have put patients at risk all because of a “persistent toxic atmosphere”. His report goes on to say, “in our view, the whole team shares responsibility for the failure to significantly improve professional relationships and to a degree surgical mortality.”
A number of staff at the hospital said “most felt that poor performance was inevitable due to the pervading atmosphere”.
In addition, the St George’s Hospital spokesman said: “We would like to stress that the cardiac surgery service we provide for patients is safe. However, it is very clear that major and urgent improvements are required, which we are already taking action to deliver.” He added that “…the independent review has highlighted serious concerns so it is still crucial that St George’s address the findings of the report so that patients can be sure they are receiving the best possible care.”
The Medical Accident Group’s Amrit Dhaliwal said “Saving lives should be treated as more important than petty arguments. It is sad that patient’s lives are being put at risk due to a breakdown in the relationship between staff at the Trust. Mike Bewick is absolutely correct that all of the surgeons share the responsibility to improve professional relationships in order to reduce mistakes and substandard treatment.
“As an experienced local firm, we have managed to successfully claim compensation for families, who have directly and indirectly suffered a loss due to the negligent treatment. The compensation has changed lives and provided funds for private treatment.”
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