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'Green shoots' of change in way NHS deals with scandal

Peter Walsh was optimistic health chiefs would deal with safety concerns at Alder Hey Children's Hospital Credit: Daybreak/ITV

There are "green shoots" of change in the way NHS deals with whistleblowers and patient care scandals as health chiefs tackle safety concerns at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, an expert said.

Peter Walsh, head of charity, Action Against Medical Accidents, said the nursing directors report into care at Alder Hey was the "frankest" report into poor patient care he had ever seen.

Alder Hey was "a symptom of the NHS and staff under pressure," Walsh told Daybreak.

"It's all too depressingly familiar, but one small crumb of comfort we can take from this is unlike the situation 18 months ago, staff could at least use the safety net.

"They should have been able to raise these concerns with the trust, but they went to the CQC (Care Quality Commission) and the CQC acted and the nursing directors report to a public board meeting is probably the frankest, hardest hitting report I have ever seen.

"So there are green shoots."

Alder Hey: No evidence patients have been harmed

Chairman of the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Sir David Henshaw, said there was "no evidence that patients have been harmed as a result of issues identified in the report".

Sir David said:

We are confident that we are providing a safe service for our children and young people.

Theatres by nature are highly stressful, demanding working environments and we are aware that there have been difficulties within this department for some time.

Over the past year, we have undertaken a range of measures to address concerns from staff and make improvements.


Report states 'urgent action' must be taken at Alder Hey

The latest review of the operating theatres at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, led by one of the NHS trust's own directors, warned, "The level of risk is such that urgent action needs to be implemented to avoid an adverse outcome or serious incident", according to Channel 4 News.

Under the heading "safety concerns", the review reportedly states:

  • Safety shortcuts "have created high risk activity"
  • There is "limited reporting of incidents" ie near-misses and mistakes
  • There is a belief "senior management and the board are aware of the working conditions and condone it"
  • Some individuals reported that the "working environment is hostile"
  • There are "numerous examples" of staff feeling pressurised to undertake activities "they do not believe are safe"

The leaked report adds, "The perception of mistrust of management and the board is such that there is a widespread feeling of hopelessness that change will ever be achieved".

Read: Safety concerns at Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Alder Hey Children's Hospital 'took safety shortcuts'

A leading children's hospital has taken safety shortcuts in its operating theatres which has "created high risk activity", a leaked report has claimed.

An internal review into Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust concluded that staff believe senior managers are aware of poor working conditions "and condone it".

Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. Credit: Press Association

The review, which has been leaked to Channel 4 News, comes more than a decade after the same trust was involved in a scandal over the retention of hearts and organs from hundreds of children.

The organs were stripped without permission from babies who died at the hospital between 1988 and 1996.

Man stabbed after Liverpool-Oldham match at Anfield

A man is in hospital in Liverpool after being stabbed following Sunday evening's FA Cup third round tie between Liverpool and Oldham Athletic at Anfield.

A view of the match from the Spion Kop during the FA Cup Third Round match at Anfield, Liverpool Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Merseyside Police said the man's injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

A statement said the area was "very busy with both football fans and passing motorists" when the assault took place.

Police are appealing for anyone with information on the incident to call St Anne Street CID on 0151 777 4064, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Boris risks fury of Liverpudlians with Beatles comment

Boris Johnson may have upset Liverpudlians yet again. Credit: PA Wire

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is likely to have raised the ire of Liverpudlians yet again after claiming it was London, not Liverpool, that propelled The Beatles to worldwide fame.

"The greatest band in the world came from Liverpool, but in the end they recorded their stuff in London and it was London that helped propel them around the world," Johnson said during a speech at the London School of Economics entitled "London, the gateway to Britain."

Mr Johnson has been forced to apologise to the people of Liverpool in the past after suggesting Liverpool football fans were partly to blame for the Hillsborough disaster and claiming locals "wallow" in their "victim status", following the murder of contractor Ken Bigley in Iraq.


Family 'very pleased' with ruling on withheld treatment

David James' family said they are "very pleased" with today's Supreme Court ruling, despite losing their appeal, because the court said their argument was correct in principle.

The family of David James comment outside Supreme Court following the ruling against their appeal. Credit: ITV News

Supreme Court rules against widow in 'right to live' case

The Supreme Court has ruled that appeal judges were right to allow doctors to withhold treatment from a "gravely ill" man.

Guitarist David James, who was in his late 60s, died 10 months ago at a Liverpool hospital, shortly after the Court of Appeal decided that withdrawal of treatment would be in his best interests.

His widow May had asked the Supreme Court to overrule that decision but a panel of Supreme Court justices today ruled against her after analysing the case at a hearing in London in July.

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Ruling due on withheld treatment for ill grandfather

The Supreme Court will rule today on whether doctors should have been allowed to withhold treatment from a "gravely ill" man.

Grandfather David James was a popular musician in Liverpool. Credit: ITV Granada

Liverpool guitarist David James, who was in his late 60s, died 10 months ago, shortly after the Court of Appeal decided that withdrawal of treatment would be in his best interests.

His widow May has asked the Supreme Court to overrule that decision.

Birdman warns against feeding Liverpool's pigeons

A man has dressed as a pigeon to warn Liverpool residents of the impact the birds have on the city.

A man dressed as a pigeon in Liverpool city centre to warn of their detrimental affect. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

His costume caper is part of an awareness week that urges businesses and members of the public to 'Love Where You Live', which draws attention to other city centre issues including chewing gum, cigarette litter and begging.

A man dressed as a pigeon in Liverpool city centre to warn of their detrimental affect. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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