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RCHT Reveals Progress On Addressing Surgeon Concerns

Women Seen At Clinics And Contacted Via Helpline


Medical negligence experts at Irwin Mitchell have welcomed news that women have been seen at specialist clinics following the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) review into the practice of obstetrician and gynaecologist Rob Jones.

The Trust has confirmed that 42 women who were patients of Mr Jones have been seen in clinics, while more than 180 patients who had contacted a helpline regarding the issue had been contacted by a nursing specialist.

Earlier this year, a Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists outlined serious concerns over the work of Mr Jones and RCHT is in the process of writing to 1,500 patients asking them to have their treatment reviewed.

The handling of previous complaints is also being assessed, while an external review has been launched into how the RCHT responded to concerns raised about the gynaecologist.

Irwin Mitchell’s national team of medical negligence lawyers represent victims who have suffered serious injury and complications as a result of substandard care and treatment. The firm has a team in the South West to work with patients who affected by problems linked to surgery by Mr Jones and has been instructed to investigate the problems.

Julie Lewis, a Partner and medical law expert at the national law firm’s Bristol office, said: “It is very welcome to see that more than 40 women have already been seen in clinics following the concerns raised about Mr Jones.

“We would also urge anyone who believes they could be affected to get in touch with the helpline as soon as possible.

“It is also pleasing to hear that the RCHT has asked for an independent review, although the concern remains that it has taken so long for the Trust to respond to the claims which have been made in relation to him.

“The safety of patients is a fundamental priority at present, but it is imperative that the handling of this very serious affair is thoroughly investigated to ensure that any problems which are identified are not repeated again.”

The helpline for patients with concerns over treatment by Rob Jones is 0800 180 4514.