Shrewsbury pregnancy scandal breaking news: NHS Trust blamed mothers for preventable infant deaths

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Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust ‘has a lot of work to do’

The health secretary has apologized for shortcomings in an NHS hospital fund where 295 babies died or suffered brain damage and more than a dozen women died.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust blamed the mothers for poor outcomes and even their own deaths, a damning report concluded.

Poor maternity care led to nearly 300 preventable baby deaths or cases of brain damage, the long-awaited study found.

And several mothers died after deficiencies in care, while others gave birth naturally despite having had to have a cesarean section, according to the scandal report.

Babies were stillborn, died shortly after birth, left severe brain injuries or had broken bones due to catastrophic deficiencies for nearly 20 years, the study led by maternity expert Donna Ockenden found.

She said the report, which looked at cases involving more than 1,400 families, found that “failures in care were repeated from one incident to another” and that babies were harmed as a result of “ineffective growth monitoring.” of the fetus and a culture of reluctance to perform a cesarean section. sections”.

Two years ago, The Independent revealed more than a dozen women and more than 40 babies died in childbirth at the trust as a result of a culture that denied women the choice.


Charities argue for ‘watershed moment’ for maternity care

Sands, which offers support to those who have suffered a pregnancy or baby loss, has called for the report to be a “turning point” for maternity care.

Check out the group’s full response here:

Zoe TidmanMarch 30, 2022 2:52 PM


Full apologies from the health secretary

Sajid Javid has apologized for the shortcomings in maternity care reported to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

You can read his statement in the House of Commons here:

Zoe TidmanMarch 30, 2022 2:40 PM


Lawyers hope report marks ‘turning point’

Beth Heath of Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, who represents dozens of families with lawsuits against the trust, says:

“We wholeheartedly support the report’s recommendations and, on behalf of the many families we have helped with claims of clinical negligence, can only hope that this marks a turning point for maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals.

“Unfortunately, many families still have unanswered questions. The Ockenden Review looked at cases involving 1,486 families and 1,592 cases where alleged deficiencies in maternity care were limited to the period between 1999 and 2019 — and there are plenty of cases outside the review.”

Zoe TidmanMarch 30, 2022 14:15


Areas for ‘Key Action’

The Ockenden report has identified 15 areas for “immediate and essential action” to improve care and safety in maternity care across England.

This includes ensuring safe staffing, robust support for families and improving postnatal care.

Here are just a few examples of what it concludes:

  • Staff must be able to escalate concerns
  • Incident investigations should make sense for families and staff, and lessons should be learned and implemented in a timely manner
  • Employees who work together should train together
  • Women who choose to deliver outside of a hospital setting should receive accurate advice regarding transfer times to an obstetric ward, should this be necessary
  • Trusts should ensure that women who have suffered pregnancy loss receive appropriate bereavement services.
  • Care and consideration for the mental health and well-being of mothers, their partners and the family as a whole should be an integral part of all aspects of maternity care

Zoe TidmanMarch 30, 2022 13:55


‘Difficult to understand scale’ of scandal, says former health minister who ordered investigation:

Jeremy Hunt, who ordered the inquiry as health minister in 2017, said it was “difficult to understand the magnitude of the scandal” revealed in the report.

Zoe TidmanMarch 30, 2022 13:54


‘Horrifying truth about what families have been dealing with’

Feryal Clark, the shadow minister for patient safety, said the reports of the Shrewsbury pregnancy scandal expose “the harrowing truth of what those families had to face”.

“Cries for help went unheard, parents trying to resuscitate their own children because there was no one to help. Women and babies died needlessly because they were simply not listened to,” she said.

“That women at their most vulnerable were silenced and ignored when they relied on the NHS to protect them is shameful. No woman should ever have to face hospitalization to give birth and not know if she and her baby will come out alive.”

Zoe TidmanMarch 30, 2022 13:36


MP says voter pleaded with staff for caesarean section

An MP has told how one of her constituents begged staff for a cesarean section after giving birth to 36 hours but was forced to give birth naturally.

Lucy Allan said Hayley Matthews’ son, Jack, arrived blue and limp and died within hours.

“The report makes for devastating reading, all the more so as women’s voices were ignored,” Ms Allen told MPs.

She thanked the 1,862 women who shared their experiences with the review.

Zoe TidmanMarch 30, 2022 13:25


Health secretary apologizes for trust failures

The health secretary has apologized to the House of Commons for the shortcomings in maternity care reported to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

Sajid Javid told MPs: “We entrust the NHS with our care, often when we are at our most vulnerable. In return, we expect the highest standards.

“I have seen with my own family the brilliant care that the NHS maternity care can provide. But if those standards are not met we must act decisively and the shortcomings of care and compassion outlined in this report have absolutely no place in the NHS.

“To all the families who have suffered so badly, I am sorry.

“The report clearly shows that you failed a service that was there to help you and your loved ones bring life into this world.

“We will make the changes the report says are needed at both the local and national levels.”

He said the Ockenden report paints a “tragic and harrowing picture” of “repeated failures” in health care over two decades.

“This report paints a tragic and poignant picture of repeated failures in care over two decades, leading to unimaginable trauma for so many people, rather than moments of joy and happiness,” he said.

“For these families, their experience with maternity care was one of tragedy and suffering, and the effects of these failures were felt across families, communities and generations. The cases in this report are grim and deeply disturbing.”

Mr Javid added: “This is a devastating report of bedrooms being empty, families being robbed and loved ones taken ahead of their time.”

Jane DaltonMarch 30, 2022 13:03


NHS confidence blamed mothers

Mothers have been blamed for the preventable deaths of more than 200 babies at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, an investigation into the biggest pregnancy scandal in NHS history, Rebecca Thomas writes:

Jane DaltonMarch 30, 2022 12:38 PM


Ockenden with families

Here’s Donna Ockenden holding the affected families report on Wednesday:

Donna Ockenden, Chair of the Independent Review into Maternity Services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, with families affected by incidents at the trust


Zoe TidmanMarch 30, 2022 12:33

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