Hundreds some-more cases in Shropshire baby deaths review

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New cases are accepted to embody still births and deaths of babies in a final stages of labour

The series of cases unclosed by a maternity examination during hospitals in Shropshire has some-more than doubled.

In 2017, afterwards Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an examination into avoidable baby deaths during SaTH, that runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal.

NHS Improvement has now asked for a sum of deaths, still births and babies with mind repairs given 1998.

It pronounced they were not indispensably a outcome of sub-standard care.

BBC Social Affairs Correspondent Michael Buchanan pronounced 300 new cases of regard had come to light given NHSI asked SaTh for sum on all cases of intensity errors.

The eccentric review, being led by midwife Donna Ockenden, was already questioning 250 cases.

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It primarily focused on 23 cases in that maternity failings were alleged.

But by March, 250 families had come forward, nonetheless it is accepted not all a cases associated to genocide or critical harm.

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The trust, that was put into special measures in November, was also finished theme to “further obligatory action” in May amid reserve concerns over puncture and maternity services, following an review by a Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Rhiannon Davies graphic with her daughter Kate, who was innate during Ludlow Community Hospital

Rhiannon Davies, whose baby Kate died in 2009, pronounced she was “shocked though not surprised” by an boost in numbers.

“The Ockenden Review group continues to have my full support and needs to be given full and open support from a Department of Health down,” she said.

“Whilst any boost in numbers will expected outcome in another check to a central commentary of a review, we am prepared to wait – since this has to be finished once and finished scrupulously for a consequence of everybody affected.”

An NHSI orator said: “As partial of a eccentric Ockenden Review, a trust was requested to share all potentially applicable information relating to maternity to settle if any some-more cases should be enclosed in this examination so that all families are given a answers they need and lessons are learned.”

Analysis

By BBC Social Affairs Correspondent Michael Buchanan

NHS regulators have had to be dragged to acknowledge a intensity scale of failings during this trust.

The strange exploration was instigated by dual sets of relatives going by journal clippings, and forcing a afterwards health secretary to recognize their concerns and set adult what has spin famous as a Ockenden Review.

These new cases were unclosed after NHSI finally put vigour on a trust final autumn to open adult a books, rather than relying on families to prominence their possess cases.

However, they didn’t spin a screw until some-more than 18 months after Jeremy Hunt asked regulators to examine a problems.

Not everybody whose box is being highlighted will have been failed.

But there was clearly a informative problem during this trust, travelling some-more than a decade, that authorised distant too many errors to be committed, authorised healthy babies to die or to be spoiled unnecessarily.

The intensity scale of those mistakes is now, maybe finally, being revealed.

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