Giving birth ‘is not safe for women in England’, says Donna Ockenden | News



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Women in England will not be safe in childbirth until the recommendations of a report on the NHS’s worst maternity scandal are fully implemented, the author said.

Donna Ockenden said many of the failures at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust were “not unique”.

Her five-year investigation, reported yesterday, concluded that 201 babies and nine mothers had died preventively as a result of repeated care failures over two decades.

Ockenden called for systemic change across the NHS, saying that safe maternity care for all should be the legacy of the babies who died.

Her report on care at the trust between 2000 and 2019 identified 1,592 incidents in which women and babies were left dead, disabled or traumatized. Instead of investigating

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