John Radcliffe Hospital boss Meghana Pandit branded the case of baby killer nurse Lucy Letby ‘shocking’.
Her comments came as she sought to reassure members of the public that Oxford University Hospitals NHS trust had ‘robust health and safety systems’ in place.
Speaking at OUH’s annual general meeting at Oxford Town Hall, trust chief executive Prof Meghana Pandit addressed the case of Lucy Letby.
The nurse was jailed for life in August for murdering seven babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital and attempting to murder a further six children in her care.
Doctors on the ward repeatedly raised concerns about Letby to their bosses, but were reportedly sidelined.
Prof Pandit described the Letby case as ‘shocking’.
She added: “I want to just explain that we have very robust health and safety systems in the organisation.
“We have seen through our staff survey that our patient safety culture has improved year on year and our staff feel confident to raise concerns.”
Staff said that when they reported a concern it was responded to, Prof Pandit told a meeting on Tuesday night.
She added that the trust had a network of ‘freedom to speak up’ guardians, ‘to ensure that our staff speak up without fear of detriment’.