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Children's hospital criticised by health watchdog

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A major hospital has been criticised by the government’s health watchdog for the standards of care it provides.

The Healthcare Commission ‘s report into Birminghamn Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust found that it struggles to meet rising demand.

This results in delays to treatment and children being redirected to other services and there are also concerns about access to operating theatres.

Health secretary Alan Johnson called for the investigation after an internal document was published in a Sunday newspaper documenting concerns of senior doctors.

Anna Walker, the commission’s chief executive, said: ‘While I would not say there were ‘Third World’ conditions, there were serious potential risks in the way care was provided.’

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