The release of a report given as the authority behind removal of emergency surgery from the Horton General Hospital contains no such demand, says a campaign group.
The Keep the Horton General group says the Royal College of Surgeons’ (RCS) report vindicates its strong objections to removal of emergency surgery which has caused huge disruption to patients.
The report criticises Oxford University Hospitals Trust (OUHT) for management, facilities and the way surgeons were not shown an audit that prompted removal of emergency gallbladder surgery to Oxford back in 2011.
“Following a letter from a GP reporting concerns about gallbladder surgery at the Horton, the trust’s senior biliary surgeon, Mr Soonawalla from the Churchill, was asked to do an audit on outcomes at the Horton between January 2010 and September 2011,” said a Keep the Horton General Campaign statement.
The audit showed results were ‘outside the expected norms in some, but not all aspects’ for the two emergency operations each month.
These results were disputed by the surgeons who had not been allowed to see the audit, which was used in the decision-making process to switch emergency gallbladder operations o Oxford after November 2011.
The RCS was then invited to investigate gallbladder surgery at the Horton a year later.
In January this year the trust further removed all emergency surgery to Oxford.
The Banbury Guardian applied for access to the RCS report via the Freedom of Information, finally receiving it, redacted, last week after a six month wait.
The RCS recommended acute gallbladder cases should continue to be performed only in Oxford.
There is a list of recommendations for more efficient management of surgery across the Trust, collection of data, monitoring of results, arranging theatre lists and more.
“The glaring omission is any recommendation for reduction of emergency surgery, other than the decision taken in November 2011,” said the KTHG group. “OUHT has allowed the impression to grow that the RCS report supports its declared intent of not replacing the surgical posts or restoring any form of emergency general surgery at the Horton.”
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