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Children’s nurses upset at criticism over poor safety standards

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The chief nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has defended her organisation against criticisms of poor safety standards.

A report based on private meetings involving the trust’s surgeons was revealed this month in The Observer newspaper.

According to the report, consultants were concerned that transplant services for children with serious liver failure constituted a ‘third-class service’ and children with neurological problems have been involved in ‘close calls’ because of admission delays.

The Healthcare Commission launched an investigation into the trust, which received a ‘fair’ rating for quality of services in its latest annual health check, published before the concerns became public.

Michelle McLoughlin, chief nurse at the trust, said: ‘That is not the hospital we work in. The nurses feel really upset about the article – it is not a hospital that they recognise.’

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