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Safety concerns at Alder Hey Children's Hospital

A leaked internal report at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool has uncovered significant safety concerns in its operating theatres. The review, obtained by Channel 4 News, revealed staff were "pressurised" and "shortcuts to safety processes".

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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".

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