Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Great Ormond Street 'Tried to Hide Baby P Failings with Spin Campaign'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Great Ormond Street 'Tried to Hide Baby P Failings with Spin Campaign'

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Byline: Andrew Gilligan

GREAT Ormond Street Hospital has been accused of mounting a spin campaign to cover up its failings over Baby P.

Lynne Featherstone, MP for Haringey where Baby P lived, said the children's hospital's chief executive, Jane Collins, "misled" the public after revelations about problems at the child protection clinic in St Ann's Hospital, Tottenham, which Great Ormond Street runs.

The Standard reported this week that all four consultants at the clinic signed a letter to management in June 2006, more than a year before Baby P died, warning that understaffing at St Ann's created a "very high risk" to children's safety.

They claimed little or no action was taken and by the time Baby P came to the clinic all four had left, though one has since returned. Baby P was seen by an overstretched temporary locum who missed that his back was broken.

He died two days later.

On the hospital's website, Ms Collins claimed the consultants' concerns were "addressed at the time". …

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