Magazine article Public Finance

CQC Cites Hospital Failings in Baby P Case

Magazine article Public Finance

CQC Cites Hospital Failings in Baby P Case

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The failings in the Baby P case were caused by staff shortages, poor recruitment and a lack of awareness and communication among medical staff, a watchdog report has found.

The May 13 Care Quality Commission report into the NHSs treatment of Baby P - now named as Peter - discovered systemic failings among the NHS organisations in north London that treated him before he died.

Staff working at North Middlesex University Trust and Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust had contact with Peter 33 times following his birth, the commission found.

Failures cited by the report included the fact that the hospital consultant who saw Peter two days before his death had no contact with his social worker; that health professionals did not attend case conferences in which Peter was discussed; and that child protection forms were poorly completed by health care professionals. …

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