I'd say it was a good rule of thumb that when a broadsheet national newspaper comes out and calls you a liar, then you've got a problem.
I don't mean an implication of lying, liberal use of the word allegedly, or employing the use of phrases like 'economical with the actualite'. I mean full blown finger pointing and cries of 'liar, liar pants on fire.'
Yet that is what Andrew Gilligan's Telegraph blog has accused Great Ormond Street Hospital of doing over it's disgraceful handling of the Baby P case. The headline I have quoted above leaves little doubt about what he is trying to say - but just to ensure he is making his point, the opening paragraph kicks off as follows:
"I have described in the past how Great Ormond Street Hospital has provably lied to try to counter stories about its failings in the Baby P case. The hospital employed the doctors at the Haringey child protection clinic which missed Baby Peter Connolly’s broken back."
I urge everyone to go and read Andrew's piece, or to visit Lynne Featherstone's blog, to see what has been going on at Great Ormond Street. Don't forget over 40 consultants at the hospital have called for the Chief Executive to resign.
It is now surely time for Dr Jane Collins to go.
The Evening Standard is now reporting that contrary to claims put out by GOSH, the Met Police are saying they did not ask the hospital to withhold information from a Serious Case Review into the affair.
To quote the piece:
'Hospital managers have claimed they acted on "police advice" in holding back details from an independent report that found "grave concern" in the way Peter Connelly was treated when seen two days before his death.
But police involved in the case said they never asked the hospital to suppress the report on a doctor's failure to spot the abuse being suffered by the 17-month-old at the hands of his mother, her boyfriend and a lodger, at his home in Tottenham in 2007.
A Met spokeswoman said: "The Met would never seek to influence or steer another organisation's submission to an independent serious case review nor would it be within its jurisdiction to do so." '
More evidence that means that Jane Collins position as CEO is now surely untenable.