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Botched operation cover-up allegations at Milton Keynes Hospital

Published on 21/05/2010
The cover-up of botched operations and a series of other damning allegations have been made against Milton Keynes Hospital in Buckinghamshire.

According to Maggie Southcote-Want, a former director of nursing at the NHS hospital, a number of serious incidents were swept under the carpet in an effort to avoid bad publicity.

She claims that on one occasion a consultant was suspended after accidentally damaging a patient's organs during surgery.

In another case, a locum is alleged to have incorrectly analysed samples of tissue from women referred to the hospital with breast lumps.

However, the hospital decided not to make a public announcement but instead attempted to track the patients involved, although three were never found, she claims.

Ms Southcote-Want made the allegations as part of an employment tribunal. She is taking action against her former employer which she says unfairly gave her the sack in 2007 for giving a job to a friend.

She also asserts that the hospital hired a PR firm to deal with media enquiries after an internal investigation revealed that bodies were kept on the floor of the hospital morgue.

"What I was meant to have done was so trivial compared to the things that were happening in the rest of the hospital at that time. It does not make sense," she said.

Milton Keynes Hospital was opened in 1984, gaining NHS Foundation Trust status in 2007.
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