Jane Collins, the Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital, is facing calls to resign after it was revealed that critical details about the hospital’s role in the death of Baby Peter were withheld from one inquiry into the tragedy and, despite the hospital’s subsequent claims, were also not supplied to the second inquiry.
However, what has been less commented on in the coverage in the last few days is the way Jane Collins escaped being investigated by the General Medical Council last year:
The chief executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital has escaped investigation over the Baby P scandal by removing herself from the medical register.
The General Medical Council today confirmed they are now “powerless” to act against Dr Jane Collins since she erased her name. A GMC spokeswoman said: “Once someone has gone off the register then the GMC no longer has powers to investigate that person. Our powers only extend to erasing someone from the register.” [Evening Standard]
Not exactly a reassuring state of affairs is it?
- Richard Morris – who points out that last year between 40 and 50 consultants at Great Ormond Street Hospital called on Jane Collins to go.
- Lynne Featherstone’s post about Kim Holt, the Great Ormond Street Hopsital whistleblower who was ostracised for three years after she raised concerns at the hospital – and now finally has received an apology.
- Dan Falchikov whose great aunt has a ward named after her at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
- Jonathan Calder’s blog post on Jane Collins and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
- There’s been further media coverage in the Hornsey Journal and the Daily Mail.