HEALTH chiefs are to hold a ‘risk summit’ to deal with the fall out from the resignation of the four Accident and Emergency consultants from the Alexandra Hospital.
The four doctors handed in their notices last month after branding massive overcrowding of the A&E department at the Alex as ‘a disgrace and a patient safety issue which causes serious harm to many patients and intolerable stress on all A&E staff’.
Dr Jonathan Wells, chairman of the Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group told members: “All of us are concerned with what the consultants were saying and we have to deal with the clinical concerns registered by their resignation.
“The focus has to be on the existing services and ensuring patient safety and high quality of care.”
The meeting heard that the summit, to be held next Wednesday, March 25, would involve a multi-agency approach due to the likely impact the departure of the doctors, currently working their notices, would have not only in Worcestershire Acute
Hospitals NHS Trust but across the region.
“We will be looking at current concerns for when the consultants leave, looking at support from other trusts, also the implications around staffing and the impact this will have on patient care,” said Redditch & Bromsgrove CCG chief officer Simon Hairsnape.
“The critical message is that we will do what it takes to ensure urgent care services are in place for local residents and that patient safety is at the heart of the process.”
THE LONG-AWAITED publication of a review into the reconfiguration of services at the Alex by the West Midlands Clinical Senate is be delayed until after the General Election.
The proposed model under consideration, known as ‘modified option 1’ would see over-night care of children and consultant-led maternity services move to Worcester, as well as major emergency services, although the Alex would retain 93% of A&E services, say health chiefs.
The four A&E consultants who resigned said this latter move would result in the hospital being reduced to a minor injuries and GP service with limited emergency care on offer to adults only.