"The Government has implemented these new regulations without making sure that they will actually work on the ground," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary.
Commenting on today’s report by the Royal College of Surgeons, which reveals that the chaotic introduction of new child safeguarding regulations is leading to cancelled operations for children, Norman Lamb said:
“This is a disgrace. The Government has implemented these new regulations without making sure that they will actually work on the ground.
“When top surgeons have already been CRB checked, it’s madness to restrict them to one hospital when they are needed all around the country.
“Protecting children must always be a top priority, but the situation has descended into complete farce with potentially dire consequences for patients and NHS staff.
“Ministers have buried their heads in the sand despite mounting evidence of how badly flawed this system is.
“We need a simple but effective system to protect our children. Once you’re CRB checked for one Trust, that should be enough to mean you can work in any hospital.”