The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has revealed that checks from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) were causing members to miss out work, due to which young patients were missing out on surgery.
The RCS blamed "overzealous" interpretations of the rules by NHS trusts as the reason for delay in surgeries for children. The college president John Black alleged that some trainee surgeons had to submit to 10 checks in 2 years.
"The college has flagged up this situation with Government on three separate occasions in a three-month period, and we were reassured that a solution would be reached within a week," he added.
The RCS also called on the government to allow medical staff with enhanced checks to work in any hospital.