Cornwall

More women seen over Royal Cornwall Hospital surgeon concerns

  • 19 January 2013
  • From the section Cornwall
Tower Block at the Royal Cornwall Hospital
The Royal Cornwall Hospital said it was asking 70 women to have checks, up from an initial 42

Seventy women have been asked to return to hospital for checks because of concerns about the work of a consultant who was suspended, bosses say.

Initially, 42 women who were patients of obstetrician and gynaecologist Rob Jones at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro were asked to return.

The hospital trust's board confirmed 70 would be seen by staff, but added it did not mean they all needed treatment.

The trust is reviewing allegations that Mr Jones did not follow guidelines.

External review

Mr Jones, who delivered Prime Minister David Cameron's youngest child, Florence, worked at the trust for 20 years before being suspended last May.

The trust revealed last year there had been eight reviews into his work over 12 years.

A report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in May contained a number of serious concerns about Mr Jones.

It said it was concerned about the frequency of surgical complications during his procedures, and said he did not adhere to guidelines and did not write adequate notes.

Mr Jones retired and took his name off the medical register, saying he had been a caring doctor throughout his career and followed national protocols.

The hospital trust has ordered an external review into how it handled the situation.

Its report is expected to be delivered by the end of January.

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