Concerns over treatment lead to case reviews
THE Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is reviewing the treatment given to patients of the gynaecology outpatient department due to concerns over the care provided by one of the former consultants.
The RCHT has now sent out 1,574 letters to women seen in the past two and a half years by obstetrics and gynaecology consultant K R Jones, known as Rob Jones.
The letters inform them of the review into their treatment and care and invited them to provide feedback on their experiences.
Mr Jones is believed to have delivered Prime Minister David Cameron's latest baby.
RCHT 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's clinical practice.
"That review has been done and the trust has implemented all of its recommendations. In addition, the trust is reviewing the care and treatment offered to specific women seen by Mr Jones.
"I know that while we are undertaking this review of some of Mr Jones's patients other women may have concerns or questions about the care and treatment they too received from Mr Jones."
She said she was deeply sorry for any anxiety, pain or distress caused to patients and thanked staff who had spoken out about Mr Jones.
"The trust is committed to finding out the full extent of the problems caused by this individual consultant's clinical practice and will take all steps necessary to ensure we do the best by our patients who have received poor treatment or care," she said.
Patient welfare and wellbeing was a "top priority" and Mr Jones was no longer employed by the RCHT and had not worked at the hospital since May this year.
"The General Medical Council is aware of the situation and he is no longer on the medical register," she said. "As the new chief executive I am very clear; I will 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 ensuring that any lessons are learned."
One previous patient of Mr Jones, Claire Hill, aged 35 and from Tywardreath, said she first came into contact with him in 2008 during her third pregnancy.
She told the Cornish Guardian she was pleased that action was being taken.
As the paper went to press, she had yet to receive a letter from the trust.
An information line has been set up to help patients on 0800 1804514.