NHS staff told to report whether hospital mistakes are caused by BrexitRuth Mabhiza
NHS staff told to report whether hospital mistakes are caused by Brexit
Exclusive: London hospital staff recording if a safety incident is caused by leaving the EU
Hospital staff told to report if mistakes are caused by Brexit ( Getty Images )
Staff at a London trust must now record whether a safety incident was “caused or contributed to by leaving the European Union”.
All patient-related mishaps – anything from a patient falling over, to a medicine being missed – must be recorded on a national database.
The patient safety reporting system now poses the yes-or-no question: “Is there reason to believe it was caused or contributed to by the EU exit transition [Brexit]?”
But in the last few weeks, staff at Barts Health NHS Trust have been told they must stipulate whether or not Brexit was a contributing factor, according to documents seen by The Independent.
The new safety category was added in mid-October, days before Boris Johnson attempted to get his Brexit deal through parliament.
A trust source told The Independent staff were “seriously worried” about the effect leaving the EU would have on the hospital, staff and patients.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Anything that is reportable goes in one of these forms. For example, if there’s safeguarding issues, or if a medicine was missed, or we were understaffed.
“It’s a really generic form that you’d fill out for absolutely anything.
“About two or three weeks ago that question appeared in the form. At first we were all laughing about it, but it does have serious implications.
Hospital staff must report whether safety incidents are caused by Brexit (supplied )
“All the staff are worried about how Brexit is going to affect us. Especially with our European colleagues that are working with us. We joke about it, but in all seriousness there’s been a huge drop-off in applications to work in the UK.”
Currently there are 100,000 job vacancies across NHS trusts, representing nine per cent of posts.