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Queen Mary's was under-represented

PUBLISHED: 10:35 11 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:40 12 August 2010

THERE is no way of knowing if Queen Mary s Hospital (QMS) was fairly represented at a meeting which discussed reducing emergency services in the area, a committee has admitted, writes Kate Nelson. A Picture of Health (APoH) has persistently said some 100

THERE is no way of knowing if Queen Mary's Hospital (QMS) was fairly represented at a meeting which discussed reducing emergency services in the area, a committee has admitted, writes Kate Nelson.

A Picture of Health (APoH) has persistently said some 100 clinicians supported proposals at a workshop to concentrate emergency care on just two sites in south-east London.

But the only evidence it can provide is a list of 53 names of people they BELIEVE accepted an invite to attend the meeting.

Of those, just SEVEN have been confirmed from QMS, who are set to lose it's A&E later this year, while 27 clinicians - almost quadruple the number from QMS - came from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich (QEH), where the emergency unit was never under threat.

APoH insists that there were "roughly" the same amount of representatives from each hospital but have no proof of this.

The list, obtained after a lengthy battle by the Times under the Freedom of Information Act, also shows nine people were invited from University Hospital Lewisham (UHL), nine from the Bromley Hospitals Trust (BHT) and one from an unspecified unit.

The day after the so-called 'workshop', which was held at UHL in September 2007, APoH published a press release which said 100 clinicians had given "a high level of consensus that they would prefer to concentrate specialist services on two main sites". Since then APOH has admitted:

It has no record WHATSOEVER of who actually attended

It has no record WHATSOEVER of attendees' views

It has no FULL record of invitees

QMS Emergency Department Clinical Lead Dr Hayder Hassan was on the list of invitees but he insists he did not support closing any A&E departments.

He said: "I did not make this decision. It is not going to be sustainable to have no A&E here."

When the Times spoke to him, he said he could not be certain that he had actually been at the workshop, adding: "I'm not sure if I attended, it's very difficult to think back to September 2007. I don't remember attending a meeting. Nobody has a [full] list of who attended."

The Times requested evidence of how clinicians' views were recorded at the workshop, but a representative for APoH merely directed us to 'a report' of the meeting on their website which reads: "Our preferred option would be for two full major A&E units, supporting full medical services."

Asked if the paragraph represented the views of all 100 clinicians who APoH claim attended, he said it did - but he could not provide details of how these views were collated.

A spokesperson for APoH said: "Somebody took notes that were written and published the next day. There is no evidence of who did or who did not attend. There were four workshops led by four medical directors. This is the list of people we think accepted a workstream led by David Robson or employed by QEH. There were roughly equal numbers from each hospital."

The only list of clinicians APoH can prove support the proposals are 15 medical staff who signed a letter written by SLH Trust chief executive Chris Streather to the Times earlier this month.

On that list is consultant Andrew Hobart who in 2001 was responsible for a mistake which led to the death of three-year-old Najiyah Hussain.

The tot was admitted to Newham General Hospital suffering a fit but Mr Hobart accidentally gave her laughing gas instead of oxygen, starving her brain.

A report following the incident concluded that Mr Hobart had 'made a mistake' and should be allowed to carry on working.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

THE LIST OF INVITEES TO THE MEETING

Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Woolwich

Dr David Robson, former Medical Director of QEH. Now retired.

Dr David Sulch, Clinical Director, Acute MedicineQEH

Val Kelly, General Manager, Specialist MedicineQEH

Dr Judy Russell, Clinical Director, Specialist Medicine, QEH.

Dr Stephen Metcalf, Clinical Lead in Emergency Medicine, QEHDr Duncan Brooke Consultant in the Emergency Department, QEH

Dr Nic Ketley, Consultant Haematology / Oncology at QEH

Mr Kislaya Thakur, Consultant Surgeon,QEH

Mr Midhat Siddiqui, Consultant Surgeon,QEH

Anna Shasha, QEH

Jemma Wells, QEH

Helen Knower, QEH

Karen Servadel, QEH

Mr Nigel Perks, QEH

Dr Jane Burch, QEH

Dr Sharon Power, QEH

Dr Judy Russell, QEH

Dr Carl Shakespeare, QEH

Cathy Pullen, QEH

Alree Hunt, Maternity and Paeds, QEH

Dr Julie LordPaeds, QEH

Dr Vinay PaiPaeds, QEH, Now at Kingston Hospital.

Dr Alistair McNairSpecialist Med and Surgery, QEH

Mr Nikhil Sarangi, Urology and Andrology Consultant, QEH

Mr William Scott, Trauma and Orthopaedics Consultant, QEH

Dr SurenthiranClinical Support, QEH,

Dr James Wafula, Radiology (Clinical Support), QEH

University Hospital, Lewisham (UHL)

Nadeem Nayeem, Emergency Department Clinical Director UHL

Gabrielle Kingsley, Divisional Director, Medicine, UHL

Rebecca Carlton, General Manager, Medicine, UHL

John Miell, Clinical Director, Acute Medicine, UHL

Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup (QMS)

Dr M Hayder HassanEmergency Department Clinical Lead, QMS. Against the proposals.

Dr Gloria Yu,Associate Medical Director of Emergency Care, QMS

Dr Simon JonesAssociate Director, Emergency Care, QMS

Dr Charles Shee Chest / General Physician, QMS

Princess Royal University Hospital, Bromley (PRUH)

Ian StellEmergency Department, PRUH

Mr Prakash Sinha, Consultant Surgeon, Lead Cancer Clinician, PRUH

Joanne Cutting, Service Delivery Director, PRUH

Fiona Christie, Divisional Nurse Manager, Medicine / Emergency Department, PRUH

Jennie Hall, Acting Nurse DirectorPRUH

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