Great Ormond Street board hits out at Baby Peter claims

A public row has broken out between the editor of the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, and Great Ormond Street Hospital's (Gosh) management team after it published a number of articles criticising the trust's handling of Baby Peter Connelly's death.

The Gosh board members, including the chief executive Jane Collins, have written an angry letter, accusing the journal of waging an unfair campaign against the hospital and "ignoring the facts", while relying on "innuendo and presumed truths" at the behest of a minority of consultants.

Last month The Lancet published an article about Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, calling for the resignation of Ms Collins. Ms Featherstone had said Ms Collins must resign because she "appears [to have] withheld vital information" from a serious case review of Baby Peter's death. Gosh managers yesterday invited the editor, Richard Horton, who came out in support for management change last week, to talk to other staff and patients who they say are mystified by his allegations.