The General Medical Council has said it had generally found "good" levels of tuition over a three-month period across the capital's five medical schools and 10 university hospitals, after a report revealed that Charing Cross hospital had used operating theatres were turned into makeshift wards.
The GMC praised the following hospitals:
Croydon University Hospital as “outstanding”
St George’s University of London “much to be positive”
Royal Free in Hampstead “highly committed to education”
The GMC raised concerns about:
Northwick Park hospital in Harrow had “significant patient safety concerns”.
The use of operating theatres to ventilate patients at Charing Cross hospital is a "symptom of a healthcare system working close to full capacity", a new report has shown.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Charing Cross, said patients would occasionally be kept in operating theatres as this was considered better than transferring them to an intensive care unit at another hospital. A spokesman:
This would be a temporary measure that enabled us to provide the safest possible care until a bed in the ICU became available.
This situation has now changed and patients taken from theatre to intensive care will be nursed by the doctor if specialist nurses are not available.
The plans to close A&E units at four London hospitals will be referred to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel for more detailed assessment and review.
The proposed closure of Charing Cross Hospital along with the closures of Hammersmith, Ealing and Central Middlesex A&E provision following a limited period of consultation has been challenged both in the Commons and by EalingCouncil.
Andy Slaughter MP, put the request to Jeremy Hunt in the Commons this afternoon and although Hammersmith and Fulham Council were in support of these closures,Mr Hunt immediately replied that he would refer the plans to the IRP if Ealing Council were in support.