Having read the consultants’ resignation letter, it only adds to my grave concerns over patient safety at the Alex.
After 26 days Worcestershire Acute Trust have finally come clean on why all four A&E consultants have resigned. You can read their resignation letter here and the Trust’s response.
It is now quite clear why the Trust had refused to confirm the existence of the letter or to publish it. The words of our A&E consultants "The Trust appears to tolerate massive overcrowding in the county's A&E departments. This is a disgrace & apparent patient safety issue which causes serious harm to many patients and intolerable stress on all A&E staff" makes grim reading and leads me to the conclusion that the Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust Board must go.
There will be people in the Alex right now and people going in for planned operations, now knowing that experienced consultants at the Alex are raising patient safety as a concern. I do not want people who are ill stressing about how safe the Alex is.
I echo the sentiments of the A&E consultants, there must be wholesale change in management. Only then does the Alex stand a chance of being turned around.
Local people need safe services at the Alex, I urge the NHS Trust Development Authority who are the overseeing body to take charge immediately, and to appoint a new board.
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