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Gambling charity warns betting firms are failing to fund addiction treatment

Gambling firms are failing to honour a pledge to donate part of their income to fund addiction treatment and should be forced to do so by law, the UK’s leading problem-gambling charity has said.

GambleAware told the Guardian it had lost patience after companies’ failure to pay left it facing a funding shortfall that risked undermining its efforts to help addicts.

The charity’s intervention comes before Tuesday’s publication of a long-awaited government review into the regulation of gambling machines and advertising.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport review is expected to recommend that the maximum £100 stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) be reduced due to concerns about their links to addiction.

But GambleAware said that, regardless of the review’s outcome, firms should be made to pay a statutory levy devoted to helping problem gamblers.

The call was partly spurred by a cashflow crisis that forced it to notify the industry regulator, the Gambling Commission, in August that it might not be able to pay for its work, which includes funding the UK’s only specialist problem-gambling clinic.

The chief executive, Marc Etches, said this showed that the industry had yet to demonstrate that it was “sufficiently willing to meet the current [funding] target, much less that it [was] minded to voluntarily meet the increased funding that will be necessary to improve research, education and treatment services”.

“On this basis, GambleAware has determined that it would wish to see the introduction of a statutory levy.”

All bookmakers, bingo halls and online betting companies agreed to give 0.1% of their revenues to charity voluntarily, as part of a deal struck with the last Labour government when it deregulated gambling in 2007.

GambleAware, which regulators, MPs and the industry have since agreed should administer the donations, said firms were falling short, despite the recent spotlight on their commitment to tackling addiction.

While the suggested 0.1% donation would have yielded £13.8m last year, GambleAware asked for a more modest £10m to fund its nationwide activities but received only £8m. It warned that the industry was falling even further behind, having given only £4m so far this year, triggering the charity’s cashflow concerns.

Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, said this was “simply not acceptable”, backing GambleAware’s calls for a mandatory levy. “Bookies pay lip service to responsible gambling but they aren’t doing enough to address the UK’s hidden gambling epidemic,” he said. “It is now clear that legislation is needed to force them to pay their fair share. Words are no longer enough.”

GambleAware believes treatment costs are likely to rise after the number of problem gamblers hit 430,000, less than 2% of whom are getting help.

As part of its tougher stance, the charity will reveal companies’ donations from next year and ask them to self-certify their contribution by publishing a figure.

The charity has previously accused companies of making “nominal” donations – as little, even, as £1.

Earlier this year, the Guardian asked gambling companies to reveal how much they had donated in the previous financial year.

Most leading high-street bookmakers matched or exceeded the 0.1% figure, with William Hill giving £1m, Mecca Bingo owner Rank donating £753,000 and Ladbrokes and Gala Coral, which have since merged, giving a combined £1.4m.

Several well-known gambling brands, including Paddy Power, Betfair and 888, said they donated but would not say how much, while several other companies did not return requests for comment.

Gambling charity warns betting firms are failing to fund addiction treatment

Gambling firms are failing to honour a pledge to donate part of their income to fund addiction treatment and should be forced to do so by law, the UK’s leading problem-gambling charity has said.

GambleAware told the Guardian it had lost patience after companies’ failure to pay left it facing a funding shortfall that risked undermining its efforts to help addicts.

The charity’s intervention comes before Tuesday’s publication of a long-awaited government review into the regulation of gambling machines and advertising.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport review is expected to recommend that the maximum £100 stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) be reduced due to concerns about their links to addiction.

But GambleAware said that, regardless of the review’s outcome, firms should be made to pay a statutory levy devoted to helping problem gamblers.

The call was partly spurred by a cashflow crisis that forced it to notify the industry regulator, the Gambling Commission, in August that it might not be able to pay for its work, which includes funding the UK’s only specialist problem-gambling clinic.

The chief executive, Marc Etches, said this showed that the industry had yet to demonstrate that it was “sufficiently willing to meet the current [funding] target, much less that it [was] minded to voluntarily meet the increased funding that will be necessary to improve research, education and treatment services”.

“On this basis, GambleAware has determined that it would wish to see the introduction of a statutory levy.”

All bookmakers, bingo halls and online betting companies agreed to give 0.1% of their revenues to charity voluntarily, as part of a deal struck with the last Labour government when it deregulated gambling in 2007.

GambleAware, which regulators, MPs and the industry have since agreed should administer the donations, said firms were falling short, despite the recent spotlight on their commitment to tackling addiction.

While the suggested 0.1% donation would have yielded £13.8m last year, GambleAware asked for a more modest £10m to fund its nationwide activities but received only £8m. It warned that the industry was falling even further behind, having given only £4m so far this year, triggering the charity’s cashflow concerns.

Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, said this was “simply not acceptable”, backing GambleAware’s calls for a mandatory levy. “Bookies pay lip service to responsible gambling but they aren’t doing enough to address the UK’s hidden gambling epidemic,” he said. “It is now clear that legislation is needed to force them to pay their fair share. Words are no longer enough.”

GambleAware believes treatment costs are likely to rise after the number of problem gamblers hit 430,000, less than 2% of whom are getting help.

As part of its tougher stance, the charity will reveal companies’ donations from next year and ask them to self-certify their contribution by publishing a figure.

The charity has previously accused companies of making “nominal” donations – as little, even, as £1.

Earlier this year, the Guardian asked gambling companies to reveal how much they had donated in the previous financial year.

Most leading high-street bookmakers matched or exceeded the 0.1% figure, with William Hill giving £1m, Mecca Bingo owner Rank donating £753,000 and Ladbrokes and Gala Coral, which have since merged, giving a combined £1.4m.

Several well-known gambling brands, including Paddy Power, Betfair and 888, said they donated but would not say how much, while several other companies did not return requests for comment.

Gambling charity warns betting firms are failing to fund addiction treatment

Gambling firms are failing to honour a pledge to donate part of their income to fund addiction treatment and should be forced to do so by law, the UK’s leading problem-gambling charity has said.

GambleAware told the Guardian it had lost patience after companies’ failure to pay left it facing a funding shortfall that risked undermining its efforts to help addicts.

The charity’s intervention comes before Tuesday’s publication of a long-awaited government review into the regulation of gambling machines and advertising.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport review is expected to recommend that the maximum £100 stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) be reduced due to concerns about their links to addiction.

But GambleAware said that, regardless of the review’s outcome, firms should be made to pay a statutory levy devoted to helping problem gamblers.

The call was partly spurred by a cashflow crisis that forced it to notify the industry regulator, the Gambling Commission, in August that it might not be able to pay for its work, which includes funding the UK’s only specialist problem-gambling clinic.

The chief executive, Marc Etches, said this showed that the industry had yet to demonstrate that it was “sufficiently willing to meet the current [funding] target, much less that it [was] minded to voluntarily meet the increased funding that will be necessary to improve research, education and treatment services”.

“On this basis, GambleAware has determined that it would wish to see the introduction of a statutory levy.”

All bookmakers, bingo halls and online betting companies agreed to give 0.1% of their revenues to charity voluntarily, as part of a deal struck with the last Labour government when it deregulated gambling in 2007.

GambleAware, which regulators, MPs and the industry have since agreed should administer the donations, said firms were falling short, despite the recent spotlight on their commitment to tackling addiction.

While the suggested 0.1% donation would have yielded £13.8m last year, GambleAware asked for a more modest £10m to fund its nationwide activities but received only £8m. It warned that the industry was falling even further behind, having given only £4m so far this year, triggering the charity’s cashflow concerns.

Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, said this was “simply not acceptable”, backing GambleAware’s calls for a mandatory levy. “Bookies pay lip service to responsible gambling but they aren’t doing enough to address the UK’s hidden gambling epidemic,” he said. “It is now clear that legislation is needed to force them to pay their fair share. Words are no longer enough.”

GambleAware believes treatment costs are likely to rise after the number of problem gamblers hit 430,000, less than 2% of whom are getting help.

As part of its tougher stance, the charity will reveal companies’ donations from next year and ask them to self-certify their contribution by publishing a figure.

The charity has previously accused companies of making “nominal” donations – as little, even, as £1.

Earlier this year, the Guardian asked gambling companies to reveal how much they had donated in the previous financial year.

Most leading high-street bookmakers matched or exceeded the 0.1% figure, with William Hill giving £1m, Mecca Bingo owner Rank donating £753,000 and Ladbrokes and Gala Coral, which have since merged, giving a combined £1.4m.

Several well-known gambling brands, including Paddy Power, Betfair and 888, said they donated but would not say how much, while several other companies did not return requests for comment.

Gambling charity warns betting firms are failing to fund addiction treatment

Gambling firms are failing to honour a pledge to donate part of their income to fund addiction treatment and should be forced to do so by law, the UK’s leading problem-gambling charity has said.

GambleAware told the Guardian it had lost patience after companies’ failure to pay left it facing a funding shortfall that risked undermining its efforts to help addicts.

The charity’s intervention comes before Tuesday’s publication of a long-awaited government review into the regulation of gambling machines and advertising.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport review is expected to recommend that the maximum £100 stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) be reduced due to concerns about their links to addiction.

But GambleAware said that, regardless of the review’s outcome, firms should be made to pay a statutory levy devoted to helping problem gamblers.

The call was partly spurred by a cashflow crisis that forced it to notify the industry regulator, the Gambling Commission, in August that it might not be able to pay for its work, which includes funding the UK’s only specialist problem-gambling clinic.

The chief executive, Marc Etches, said this showed that the industry had yet to demonstrate that it was “sufficiently willing to meet the current [funding] target, much less that it [was] minded to voluntarily meet the increased funding that will be necessary to improve research, education and treatment services”.

“On this basis, GambleAware has determined that it would wish to see the introduction of a statutory levy.”

All bookmakers, bingo halls and online betting companies agreed to give 0.1% of their revenues to charity voluntarily, as part of a deal struck with the last Labour government when it deregulated gambling in 2007.

GambleAware, which regulators, MPs and the industry have since agreed should administer the donations, said firms were falling short, despite the recent spotlight on their commitment to tackling addiction.

While the suggested 0.1% donation would have yielded £13.8m last year, GambleAware asked for a more modest £10m to fund its nationwide activities but received only £8m. It warned that the industry was falling even further behind, having given only £4m so far this year, triggering the charity’s cashflow concerns.

Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, said this was “simply not acceptable”, backing GambleAware’s calls for a mandatory levy. “Bookies pay lip service to responsible gambling but they aren’t doing enough to address the UK’s hidden gambling epidemic,” he said. “It is now clear that legislation is needed to force them to pay their fair share. Words are no longer enough.”

GambleAware believes treatment costs are likely to rise after the number of problem gamblers hit 430,000, less than 2% of whom are getting help.

As part of its tougher stance, the charity will reveal companies’ donations from next year and ask them to self-certify their contribution by publishing a figure.

The charity has previously accused companies of making “nominal” donations – as little, even, as £1.

Earlier this year, the Guardian asked gambling companies to reveal how much they had donated in the previous financial year.

Most leading high-street bookmakers matched or exceeded the 0.1% figure, with William Hill giving £1m, Mecca Bingo owner Rank donating £753,000 and Ladbrokes and Gala Coral, which have since merged, giving a combined £1.4m.

Several well-known gambling brands, including Paddy Power, Betfair and 888, said they donated but would not say how much, while several other companies did not return requests for comment.

Great Ormond Street hospital ‘failing’ intersex patients

Great Ormond Street hospital is failing to meet national standards and guidelines of care for intersex patients, it has been claimed.

NHS regulator, the Care Quality Commission, is investigating after the BBC said it found that some intersex patients and their families were not provided with any psychological care before irreversible surgery at the world famous hospital.

The broadcaster said it also found evidence that some operations were taking place on intersex babies and children without discussion by specialist teams.

The hospital is one of the leading authorities on care for people who are intersex, which means they are born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not seem to fit typical definitions of male or female.

Up to 1.7% of people have intersex traits, roughly the same proportion of the population who have red hair, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The British charity DSD Families estimates that around 130 babies born in this country each year need investigations before their sex is assigned, although in many cases problems are only identified later in life.

The BBC says Gosh declined to say if it was meeting national standards.

Prof Ted Baker, chief inspector of hospitals at the Care Quality Commission, said: “We have asked Gosh to provide further information about the concerns, which were brought to our attention by the BBC.

“We are clear that NHS trusts and all providers of health and social care must have regard for nationally recognised guidance about delivering safe care and treatment. This could include guidance from NHS England and from the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes around the need for multidisciplinary team involvement in decision making prior to performing surgery on children who are intersex or have variances in sex characteristics.

“We await the response from Gosh but in the meantime if anyone has any concerns about the care they or a loved one have received, they should get in contact with us.”

The BBC said it found that there was currently no face-to-face psychological support for children and families at Gosh who have been referred in the last six months but surgery continues to be carried out.

It also claimed that operations were taking place on intersex patients at Gosh without first discussing their cases with an expert panel at the hospital. The BBC further alleged that a lack of written information for parents to take home made it difficult for them to understand the treatments they were consenting to.

Ieuan Hughes, emeritus professor of paediatrics at Cambridge University, told the BBC the failure to provide this care was against national guidance. “No surgery should be undertaken without the whole team being involved with the decision,” he said.

“Making and signed up collectively to whatever that decision was to have surgery or not to have surgery, it’s the collective decision of the team.”

Gosh said in a statement that patients diagnosed at the hospital were discussed by multidisciplinary teams and that a new specialist psychologist would be joining in the coming weeks.

Great Ormond Street hospital ‘failing’ intersex patients

Great Ormond Street hospital is failing to meet national standards and guidelines of care for intersex patients, it has been claimed.

NHS regulator, the Care Quality Commission, is investigating after the BBC said it found that some intersex patients and their families were not provided with any psychological care before irreversible surgery at the world famous hospital.

The broadcaster said it also found evidence that some operations were taking place on intersex babies and children without discussion by specialist teams.

The hospital is one of the leading authorities on care for people who are intersex, which means they are born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not seem to fit typical definitions of male or female.

Up to 1.7% of people have intersex traits, roughly the same proportion of the population who have red hair, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The British charity DSD Families estimates that around 130 babies born in this country each year need investigations before their sex is assigned, although in many cases problems are only identified later in life.

The BBC says Gosh declined to say if it was meeting national standards.

Prof Ted Baker, chief inspector of hospitals at the Care Quality Commission, said: “We have asked Gosh to provide further information about the concerns, which were brought to our attention by the BBC.

“We are clear that NHS trusts and all providers of health and social care must have regard for nationally recognised guidance about delivering safe care and treatment. This could include guidance from NHS England and from the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes around the need for multidisciplinary team involvement in decision making prior to performing surgery on children who are intersex or have variances in sex characteristics.

“We await the response from Gosh but in the meantime if anyone has any concerns about the care they or a loved one have received, they should get in contact with us.”

The BBC said it found that there was currently no face-to-face psychological support for children and families at Gosh who have been referred in the last six months but surgery continues to be carried out.

It also claimed that operations were taking place on intersex patients at Gosh without first discussing their cases with an expert panel at the hospital. The BBC further alleged that a lack of written information for parents to take home made it difficult for them to understand the treatments they were consenting to.

Ieuan Hughes, emeritus professor of paediatrics at Cambridge University, told the BBC the failure to provide this care was against national guidance. “No surgery should be undertaken without the whole team being involved with the decision,” he said.

“Making and signed up collectively to whatever that decision was to have surgery or not to have surgery, it’s the collective decision of the team.”

Gosh said in a statement that patients diagnosed at the hospital were discussed by multidisciplinary teams and that a new specialist psychologist would be joining in the coming weeks.

Great Ormond Street hospital ‘failing’ intersex patients

Great Ormond Street hospital is failing to meet national standards and guidelines of care for intersex patients, it has been claimed.

NHS regulator, the Care Quality Commission, is investigating after the BBC said it found that some intersex patients and their families were not provided with any psychological care before irreversible surgery at the world famous hospital.

The broadcaster said it also found evidence that some operations were taking place on intersex babies and children without discussion by specialist teams.

The hospital is one of the leading authorities on care for people who are intersex, which means they are born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not seem to fit typical definitions of male or female.

Up to 1.7% of people have intersex traits, roughly the same proportion of the population who have red hair, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The British charity DSD Families estimates that around 130 babies born in this country each year need investigations before their sex is assigned, although in many cases problems are only identified later in life.

The BBC says Gosh declined to say if it was meeting national standards.

Prof Ted Baker, chief inspector of hospitals at the Care Quality Commission, said: “We have asked Gosh to provide further information about the concerns, which were brought to our attention by the BBC.

“We are clear that NHS trusts and all providers of health and social care must have regard for nationally recognised guidance about delivering safe care and treatment. This could include guidance from NHS England and from the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes around the need for multidisciplinary team involvement in decision making prior to performing surgery on children who are intersex or have variances in sex characteristics.

“We await the response from Gosh but in the meantime if anyone has any concerns about the care they or a loved one have received, they should get in contact with us.”

The BBC said it found that there was currently no face-to-face psychological support for children and families at Gosh who have been referred in the last six months but surgery continues to be carried out.

It also claimed that operations were taking place on intersex patients at Gosh without first discussing their cases with an expert panel at the hospital. The BBC further alleged that a lack of written information for parents to take home made it difficult for them to understand the treatments they were consenting to.

Ieuan Hughes, emeritus professor of paediatrics at Cambridge University, told the BBC the failure to provide this care was against national guidance. “No surgery should be undertaken without the whole team being involved with the decision,” he said.

“Making and signed up collectively to whatever that decision was to have surgery or not to have surgery, it’s the collective decision of the team.”

Gosh said in a statement that patients diagnosed at the hospital were discussed by multidisciplinary teams and that a new specialist psychologist would be joining in the coming weeks.

Great Ormond Street hospital ‘failing’ intersex patients

Great Ormond Street hospital is failing to meet national standards and guidelines of care for intersex patients, it has been claimed.

NHS regulator, the Care Quality Commission, is investigating after the BBC said it found that some intersex patients and their families were not provided with any psychological care before irreversible surgery at the world famous hospital.

The broadcaster said it also found evidence that some operations were taking place on intersex babies and children without discussion by specialist teams.

The hospital is one of the leading authorities on care for people who are intersex, which means they are born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not seem to fit typical definitions of male or female.

Up to 1.7% of people have intersex traits, roughly the same proportion of the population who have red hair, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The British charity DSD Families estimates that around 130 babies born in this country each year need investigations before their sex is assigned, although in many cases problems are only identified later in life.

The BBC says Gosh declined to say if it was meeting national standards.

Prof Ted Baker, chief inspector of hospitals at the Care Quality Commission, said: “We have asked Gosh to provide further information about the concerns, which were brought to our attention by the BBC.

“We are clear that NHS trusts and all providers of health and social care must have regard for nationally recognised guidance about delivering safe care and treatment. This could include guidance from NHS England and from the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes around the need for multidisciplinary team involvement in decision making prior to performing surgery on children who are intersex or have variances in sex characteristics.

“We await the response from Gosh but in the meantime if anyone has any concerns about the care they or a loved one have received, they should get in contact with us.”

The BBC said it found that there was currently no face-to-face psychological support for children and families at Gosh who have been referred in the last six months but surgery continues to be carried out.

It also claimed that operations were taking place on intersex patients at Gosh without first discussing their cases with an expert panel at the hospital. The BBC further alleged that a lack of written information for parents to take home made it difficult for them to understand the treatments they were consenting to.

Ieuan Hughes, emeritus professor of paediatrics at Cambridge University, told the BBC the failure to provide this care was against national guidance. “No surgery should be undertaken without the whole team being involved with the decision,” he said.

“Making and signed up collectively to whatever that decision was to have surgery or not to have surgery, it’s the collective decision of the team.”

Gosh said in a statement that patients diagnosed at the hospital were discussed by multidisciplinary teams and that a new specialist psychologist would be joining in the coming weeks.

Great Ormond Street hospital ‘failing’ intersex patients

Great Ormond Street hospital is failing to meet national standards and guidelines of care for intersex patients, it has been claimed.

NHS regulator, the Care Quality Commission, is investigating after the BBC said it found that some intersex patients and their families were not provided with any psychological care before irreversible surgery at the world famous hospital.

The broadcaster said it also found evidence that some operations were taking place on intersex babies and children without discussion by specialist teams.

The hospital is one of the leading authorities on care for people who are intersex, which means they are born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not seem to fit typical definitions of male or female.

Up to 1.7% of people have intersex traits, roughly the same proportion of the population who have red hair, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The British charity DSD Families estimates that around 130 babies born in this country each year need investigations before their sex is assigned, although in many cases problems are only identified later in life.

The BBC says Gosh declined to say if it was meeting national standards.

Prof Ted Baker, chief inspector of hospitals at the Care Quality Commission, said: “We have asked Gosh to provide further information about the concerns, which were brought to our attention by the BBC.

“We are clear that NHS trusts and all providers of health and social care must have regard for nationally recognised guidance about delivering safe care and treatment. This could include guidance from NHS England and from the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes around the need for multidisciplinary team involvement in decision making prior to performing surgery on children who are intersex or have variances in sex characteristics.

“We await the response from Gosh but in the meantime if anyone has any concerns about the care they or a loved one have received, they should get in contact with us.”

The BBC said it found that there was currently no face-to-face psychological support for children and families at Gosh who have been referred in the last six months but surgery continues to be carried out.

It also claimed that operations were taking place on intersex patients at Gosh without first discussing their cases with an expert panel at the hospital. The BBC further alleged that a lack of written information for parents to take home made it difficult for them to understand the treatments they were consenting to.

Ieuan Hughes, emeritus professor of paediatrics at Cambridge University, told the BBC the failure to provide this care was against national guidance. “No surgery should be undertaken without the whole team being involved with the decision,” he said.

“Making and signed up collectively to whatever that decision was to have surgery or not to have surgery, it’s the collective decision of the team.”

Gosh said in a statement that patients diagnosed at the hospital were discussed by multidisciplinary teams and that a new specialist psychologist would be joining in the coming weeks.

Great Ormond Street hospital ‘failing’ intersex patients

Great Ormond Street hospital is failing to meet national standards and guidelines of care for intersex patients, it has been claimed.

NHS regulator, the Care Quality Commission, is investigating after the BBC said it found that some intersex patients and their families were not provided with any psychological care before irreversible surgery at the world famous hospital.

The broadcaster said it also found evidence that some operations were taking place on intersex babies and children without discussion by specialist teams.

The hospital is one of the leading authorities on care for people who are intersex, which means they are born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not seem to fit typical definitions of male or female.

Up to 1.7% of people have intersex traits, roughly the same proportion of the population who have red hair, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The British charity DSD Families estimates that around 130 babies born in this country each year need investigations before their sex is assigned, although in many cases problems are only identified later in life.

The BBC says Gosh declined to say if it was meeting national standards.

Prof Ted Baker, chief inspector of hospitals at the Care Quality Commission, said: “We have asked Gosh to provide further information about the concerns, which were brought to our attention by the BBC.

“We are clear that NHS trusts and all providers of health and social care must have regard for nationally recognised guidance about delivering safe care and treatment. This could include guidance from NHS England and from the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes around the need for multidisciplinary team involvement in decision making prior to performing surgery on children who are intersex or have variances in sex characteristics.

“We await the response from Gosh but in the meantime if anyone has any concerns about the care they or a loved one have received, they should get in contact with us.”

The BBC said it found that there was currently no face-to-face psychological support for children and families at Gosh who have been referred in the last six months but surgery continues to be carried out.

It also claimed that operations were taking place on intersex patients at Gosh without first discussing their cases with an expert panel at the hospital. The BBC further alleged that a lack of written information for parents to take home made it difficult for them to understand the treatments they were consenting to.

Ieuan Hughes, emeritus professor of paediatrics at Cambridge University, told the BBC the failure to provide this care was against national guidance. “No surgery should be undertaken without the whole team being involved with the decision,” he said.

“Making and signed up collectively to whatever that decision was to have surgery or not to have surgery, it’s the collective decision of the team.”

Gosh said in a statement that patients diagnosed at the hospital were discussed by multidisciplinary teams and that a new specialist psychologist would be joining in the coming weeks.