A hospital in the UK has announced it will not allow doctors to work on children because they are “not fit”.
The announcement came after doctors at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Piedmont, Hertfordshire, said they were being forced to turn away children with special needs, including people with cerebral palsy, autism and cerebral palsial deafness.
The move was a response to concerns about the safety of treating children with these conditions.
It comes after the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said that it had reviewed more than 10,000 paediatric visits for children with disabilities in the past year and found that 95% were safe and only 5% involved dangerous or life-threatening conditions.
The RCPCH has urged the government to act urgently to prevent further deaths of children with conditions that were not caused by paediatric factors.
The Royal Paediatric Hospital (RPH) has confirmed that it will no longer allow doctors from the UK’s leading paediatric hospital, University College London (UCL), to work at the paediatric unit.
A statement from the hospital said that doctors from UCL and the Royal Piedsmont Hospital are being asked to withdraw from paediatric work.
The statement said that the decision to end doctor-to-patient contact was taken after “consideration by the Medical and Surgical Staff Association”.
Dr Simon Jones, RPH’s chief medical officer, said the decision had come after a review of “significant incidents”.
“It was not a decision to take any action at this time,” he said.
The hospital said the reasons behind the decision were “not fully understood”. “
We have no plans to discontinue doctor-patient work at this point.”
The hospital said the reasons behind the decision were “not fully understood”.
The hospital added that it is “not a medical centre for paediatric surgery, but an environment for patients to have a safe and healthy experience”.
A spokesperson for UCL said: “The Royal Paredsmont hospital, as part of its long-standing commitment to the health of the wider community, has made the decision that we are no longer willing to provide any medical services to our doctors in this role.”
Dr Jones added that the hospital was “in discussions with the Paediatry and Health Authority”.
He said that he did not think that doctors who were currently working at the hospital would be able to continue working there.
“The medical profession is still very much here in the UCL family. “
“UCL is a well-known centre of excellence in the NHS, but we are working with the RCPCS to address the issue that we do not have enough doctors who are fit to perform the work that we require of them to be able operate in our community.” “
Dr Jonathan Beech, chief executive of the Royal Medical Association (RMA), told the BBC: “We are absolutely delighted to have seen this announcement made, and are confident that this will not affect the number of doctors working in our hospital, but there is concern about the risk of potentially dangerous patients getting involved. “
UCL is a well-known centre of excellence in the NHS, but we are working with the RCPCS to address the issue that we do not have enough doctors who are fit to perform the work that we require of them to be able operate in our community.”
He added that doctors working on children with disability were “very important and well respected members of the medical profession”.”
At this point, it is not clear what the impact will be on the number or types of patients being seen at Ucliffe Hospital, and this is why we will continue to raise these concerns.”
He added that doctors working on children with disability were “very important and well respected members of the medical profession”.