Shrewsbury hospital: Criminal inquiry over worst maternity scandal in NHS history that led to deaths of dozens of babies and mothers

Shrewsbury hospital: Criminal inquiry over worst maternity scandal in NHS history that led to deaths of dozens of babies and mothers

A criminal inquiry has been launched into the NHS trust at the centre of the worst maternity scandal in the health service’s history, The Independent has learnt. Officers are investigating alleged poor care at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, which is already at the centre of an NHS inquiry into at least 1,200 alleged cases involving the deaths of babies and mothers. Last year The Independent revealed the scale of alleged poor care at the West Midlands trust after a leaked secret report detailed how at least 42 babies and three mothers had died between 1979 and 2017, with more than 50 children suffering permanent brain damage. Since then the numbers are thought to have increased substantially, and the interim report was written before the number of families' cases being investigated swelled to 1,200. West Mercia Police confirmed it was looking to assess whether there was evidence of criminal actions by the trust or specific individuals after meeting with NHS chiefs and the chair of the independent inquiry, midwife Donna Ockenden earlier on Tuesday. Assistant chief constable Geoff Wessell from West Mercia Police said: “Today, 30 June 2020, we have met with NHS Improvement, The Department of Health and the independent reviewer to discuss complaints made against Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust in relation to maternity services and provision. The independent review is ongoing. “We can confirm that a police investigation will be conducted to explore whether there is evidence to support a criminal case either against the trust or ...
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