Surgeon 'unaware of concerns' says sorry
The former consultant whose alleged botched work led to thousands of women being recalled has issued an apology but said he "unaware of concerns" expressed to his bosses.
Obstetrician Rob Jones worked at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT) until May 2012, despite being the subject of eight reviews and numerous concerns raised about his practice.
On Thursday, the trust published five independent reports revealing a litany of missed opportunities.
Mr Jones is being represented by the Medical Defence Union (MDU), who have issued a statement on his behalf. It said he was pleased to note there was no cause for concern in nearly 95% of cases. "He is of course sorry for any patient who suffered a complication of surgery and to any patient who has had the stress of their care being reviewed."
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The MDU said Mr Jones had always co-operated fully with any enquiry into his clinical care, but made it clear not all concerns were passed on.
"He was aware that concerns were raised with regards to his practice in 2007/2008 and understood that these concerns were investigated by the Trust and the matter resolved. He also co-operated fully with the review carried out by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2011/2012.
"He was unaware of concerns apparently expressed about his practice to Trust management at other times.
"Mr Jones has always been prepared to talk openly and constructively with the Trust about concerns relating to his practice."