Protests continue at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Protests have continued overnight at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in London over the case of Alfie Evans.

Alder Hey Hospital are currently providing care for Alfie Evans, a 22-month-old, who has a degenerative neurological condition which has left him severely brain damaged.

Alfie’s parents are currently looking at transferring Alfie to a hospital Rome where they claim his treatment for the unknown condition can continue.

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The protesters, known as “Alfie’s Army”, are in support of Alfie being released from the care of Alder Hey Hospital and transferred to the facility in Italy.

But, Mr Justice Hayden ruled last night that Alfie cannot be removed from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital pending the hearing before a Court of Appeal decision on Monday.

Initially, the trust said that protests were “peaceful” but have since released a statement outlining that a small number of supporters ‘negatively impacted’ on other patients, families and staff at Alder Hey.

A spokesperson for Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said; “We do understand that this is a very distressing time for Alfie’s parents and realise that there is a great deal of public interest in this matter.

“Alfie’s clinical condition is truly heart rending, but at each stage of the legal process which has to be followed in such cases, the courts have agreed with the treating team and the independent expert advisors instructed by the Trust and the family that Alfie’s condition is irreversible and untreatable.

“All treatable conditions have been diagnosed. All the experts agree that it will not assist Alfie to subject him to further tests in order to identify a diagnosis.

“As part of that process his parents are making further appropriate representations to the Court of Appeal to present their views.

“Last night Mr Justice Hayden ordered that Alfie cannot be removed from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital pending the hearing before the Court of Appeal on Monday.

“We trust that the public and supporters of Alfie’s parents will respect that decision and allow the staff caring for Alfie and all other children and families at Alder Hey to continue their duties without interference and disturbance.

“Unfortunately, the action taken last night and the behaviour of a small minority of supporters impacted very negatively on other patients, families and staff at Alder Hey.

“We would therefore be grateful if all respect and consideration is shown to all our staff, patients and families at the hospital.

“Our priority continues to provide Alfie and all our other children with the best care possible.”

Earlier in the week, the trust made the following statement after the protests caused “significant disruption” to its service;  “the hospital experienced significant disruption, due to a large protest concerning one of our patients.

“We wish to pay tribute to our amazing staff, who worked tirelessly under extremely difficult conditions to manage the implications of this disruption.

“Alder Hey is a special place with highly skilled staff who dedicate their lives to caring for and looking after thousands of sick and ill children every year.

“Our priority will always be to protect and look after the welfare of all patients and staff and to continue to provide outstanding care to our patients and families, which we know is recognised by colleagues across the NHS and in the wider public beyond.”

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