There have been a number of misleading statements made in the last few weeks and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust would like to set the record straight.
The Trust has not prevented its four A&E consultants from publishing a letter outlining their reasons for leaving. We have always been happy for them to put it in the domain but as it is their letter we believe it should be their decision to publish it. However, we have now received a request to publish the letter under the Freedom of Information Act and we will have to make it public. We have therefore taken the decision to publish it today on our website together with a response from five of the most senior clinicians within the Trust.
We are disappointed that a number of our Emergency Department consultants have decided to leave us in order to work for another NHS Trust but we are making strenuous efforts to ensure they are replaced and we are doing everything we can to ensure we maintain a continuous, high quality service for local patients. We have received offers of support from a number of individual A&E consultants and from neighbouring Trusts and we are now in discussions with various people as we seek to ensure continuity of service.
Meanwhile the NHS Trust Development Authority has confirmed that they have commissioned the Good Governance Institute to lead an independent review to investigate allegations around bullying and harassment at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
The review will look at the handling of the concerns raised and the application of trust policies on whistleblowing and raising concerns, dignity at work and grievances with a focus on best practice for investigations. We welcome the appointment of the Good Governance Institute and look forward to working with them.