Bedford Hospital’s new paediatric chief claims that services at the hospital will improve for the better - but decisions on overnight in-patient services have yet to be made.
Eminent paediatrician Andy Raffles was drafted in on August 1 after junior doctors were removed from the hospital over safety concerns.
And today Dr Raffles announced that four new consultants have been appointed by the hospital - who will all bring specialisms which will make services better.
Speaking about the crisis, which came to light after junior doctors raised safety fears about their training, he said: “My first job was to reassure our experienced staff that they are not bad people and they don’t deliver a bad service. Lots of hospitals rely on junior staff to deliver 24 hour care, and that’s where the problem came in for Bedford when those staff were taken away.”
He added: “What happened was inevitable, it’s just unfortunate that the way that it happened was so dramatic.”
To read the full interview - and to find out more about Bedford Hospital’s vision for paediatric services pick up your copy of Thursday’s Times & Citizen.