Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital: Babies and mums died ‘amid poisonous tradition’

Kate Stanton-Davies with her mother RhiannonImage copyright
Richard Stanton

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Rhiannon Davies campaigned for an impartial inquiry after her child, Kate, died in 2009

Babies and moms died amid a “poisonous” tradition at a hospital belief stretching again 40 years, a report has stated.

The catalogue of maternity care failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are contained in a report leaked to The Independent.

It reveals that some kids have been left disabled, workers bought the names of some useless infants mistaken and, in a single case, referred to a baby as “it”.

The belief apologised and stated “rather a lot” had been completed to deal with considerations.

In 2017, then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an investigation into avoidable child deaths on the belief, which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal.

It is being led by maternity professional Donna Ockenden, who authored the report for NHS Improvement.

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The belief runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital in Telford

Its preliminary scope was to look at 23 circumstances however this has now grown to more than 270, masking the interval from 1979 to the current day.

The circumstances embody 22 stillbirths, three deaths throughout being pregnant, 17 deaths of infants after beginning, three deaths of moms, 47 circumstances of substandard care and 51 circumstances of cerebral palsy or mind injury.

The interim report stated the variety of circumstances it’s now being requested to overview “appears to signify a longstanding tradition at this belief that’s poisonous to enchancment effort”.

The report particulars the problems skilled by affected households, together with:

  • Babies left brain-damaged as a result of workers failed to understand labour was going mistaken, or from group B strep or meningitis that may typically be handled by antibiotics
  • Heartbeats not monitored adequately throughout labour
  • One father gaining his solely suggestions on his daughter’s demise after bumping right into a hospital worker at a grocery store
  • Family members being advised they must go away if they didn’t “preserve the noise down” after they have been upset following their child’s demise
  • A child woman’s scarf, which her mom had deliberate to bury her in, was misplaced by workers
  • Multiple households “the place deceased infants are given the mistaken names by the belief – continuously in writing” and “on events referred to a deceased child as ‘it'”

It additionally factors to an insufficient overview carried out by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in 2017 and the “misplaced” optimism of the regulator in cost in 2007.

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Donna Ockenden stated the leaked doc gave the impression to be an inner standing replace as of February 2019

Rhiannon Davies and Richard Stanton, whose baby Kate died in 2009, have been among the many households who first pushed for the impartial inquiry.

Ms Davies stated she was already conscious of lots of the points raised by the report however stated she was “shocked” by the size of time coated by the report.

“The devastating actuality of Kate’s avoidable demise, that I’ve to stay with, is that she was condemned to her painful demise by the tradition at SaTH that wilfully refused to be taught from earlier circumstances courting again many years,” she stated.

“That is why I’ve fought each physique and each establishment in Kate’s identify as a result of no different child will endure the identical hurt whereas I’ve breath in my physique.

“The solely manner I consider it’s going to cease is that if the police or crown prosecution service convey company manslaughter prices in opposition to the belief.”

Det Supt Carl Moore, of West Mercia Police, stated the drive was liaising with the impartial inquiry and awaiting its findings earlier than any prison proceedings can be thought-about – according to protocol in well being care settings.

Mr Stanton stated: “My emotions are certainly one of large sorrow, large sorrow for all of the households who’ve had their lives ripped aside by this belief, by the avoidable demise of their youngster, an avoidable demise of a mom or the hurt to their youngster.

“A demise by the hands of a belief that has a poisonous tradition of mendacity and canopy up.”

Sharon Morris, whose daughter suffered a mind damage 14 years in the past, stated she was “not shocked” by the findings.

In a press release launched by Lanyon Bowdler solicitors, she stated: “Every day for the final 14 years we’re consistently reminded of the failure by SaTH to assist me give beginning to wholesome twins.

“No amount of cash can change issues and all we will now hope for is that modifications are made to make sure different households do not endure like we do.”

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An interim report has been leaked amid an impartial inquiry into maternity care

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) stated it had “not been made conscious of any interim report” and awaited the findings of the complete report.

Paula Clark, interim chief govt, apologised “unreservedly” to the households affected.

She added: “Lots has already been completed to deal with the problems raised by earlier circumstances.”

However, the report warned classes weren’t being discovered and workers on the belief have been uncommunicative with households.

Ms Ockenden stated the leaked doc gave the impression to be an inner standing replace as of February 2019.

“This was produced on the request of NHS Improvement and was not meant for publication,” she stated.

She stated the impartial overview workforce was working to fulfill the household’s request for “one, single, complete” report masking all circumstances of significant concern inside maternity providers on the belief.

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