Private hospital reliance on the Resident Medical Officer (RMO) system has come under attack from an independent, non-party think-tank. Dr Stephen Drotske and Justyn Tollyfield hit back fighting.
In November 2017, the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) published a report entitled ‘No safety without liability – reforming private hospitals in England after the Ian Paterson scandal’.
The report used data from Care Quality Commission inspections at several private hospitals to set out five key recommendations designed to increase standards and, above all, patient safety within the sector.
In this article, we aim to address the third key recommendation, specifically the assertions that:
- RMOs should be employed by hospitals directly rather than by outside agencies;
- One RMO should not be required to look after a significant number of beds;
- Reliance on doctors trained outside the UK presents a risk to patient safety.