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Hospital trust faces six separate inquiries over ‘avoidable’ baby deaths

There are now six independent inquiries into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, following the ‘avoidable’ deaths of a number of babies, it has emerged. Patient safety watchdog NHS Improvement is one of five organisations investigating what is reportedly[1] the deaths of at least 15 babies and three mothers. A spokesman told ITV News Central:

The review is looking back at the way that a number of previous investigations were undertaken, and considering the strength of the trust’s current processes in relation to investigations of learning from deaths.

We are committed to ensuring that the review is thorough, and we will be able to provide further detail on timings in due course.

– NHS Improvement spokesman The Nursing and Midwifery Council has also confirmed it is investigating a “number” of referrals, while the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives have launched a joint review into the trust’s learning from the deaths. Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group is running two separate inquiries, including one examining the work of the trust’s five midwife-led units.

The trust board itself is also reviewing the safety and quality of the maternity unit over the past 10 years, with the results expected to be published by the end of June. It comes after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an inquiry in April into the way the series of deaths were investigated, following the tragic loss of Kate Stanton Davies, who died at the trust on the day she was born. The trust apologised, but her parents said it was “too little, too late”[2].

ITV News Central has contacted Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust for comment.

References

  1. ^ what is reportedly (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ parents said it was “too little, too late” (www.itv.com)

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