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Thanet North MP Roger Gale's anger after not being told about major change to high-risk surgery at Kent and Canterbury Hospital

18 February 2014
by Mary Louis

Grave concern, shock and anger were the shared reactions of Thanet's MPs to news of the "interim centralisation" of high-risk surgery to Canterbury hospital.

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust yesterday revealed it is moving all acute general surgery to Kent and Canterbury hospital after admitting it fears patients' safety would otherwise be jeopardised by a shortage of specialist surgeons.

Neither North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale nor Thanet South MP Laura Sandys had been consulted about the decision.

North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale is demanding answers from east Kent hospital bosses

North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale is demanding answers from east Kent hospital bosses

Speaking from Mauritania in Africa on a charity mission, Sir Roger said questions needed to be asked as a matter of urgency.

He said: "Why is it clinically not safe? If it is not clinically safe, I do not wish to risk the life of any one of my constituents. What efforts are being made to recruit more surgeons?

"Why and how did the clinical director and clinical executive to the trust allow it to get to this stage...?" - MP Sir Roger Gale

"How long will this interim period last? Why were neither Laura or myself consulted? We spent time with the trust last week and this was not mentioned.

"Why and how did the clinical director and clinical executive to the trust allow it to get to this stage?"

Sir Roger said the situation was "totally unacceptable" as it was "potentially a question of life or death".

The MP found out about the news "in the back of beyond" as a result of emails and texts from wife Suzy.

The Kent and Canterbury Hospital

The Kent and Canterbury Hospital

Ms Sandys said she and Sir Roger wanted to meet with the trust as soon as possible to discuss the decision in more detail.

She said: "We need to make sure this is temporary. We also need to be really, really clear about what this is doing in terms of clinical outlook.
 
"I hope very much they are clear about recruiting more surgeons as quickly as possible and very clear about having normal service back on track as soon as possible."

Just seven of the 16 surgeons currently performing the operations at Ashford's William Harvey hospital and the QEQM hospital in Margate are permanently employed by the NHS.

And with some due to retire and others leaving, the trust is concerned it would have to rely on locum surgeons without specialist general surgery skills to staff the two centres - putting patients at risk.

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