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The findings of the UKs largest ever investigation into maternity care have now been published, with damning insights into failings that led to birth injuries, maternal injuries and even deaths.
The report investigated 250 cases at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust with the purpose that the findings could help to prevent further birth injuries and in turn reduce the amount of birth injury compensation sought as a result. The report follows 1,862 families contacting the health secretary, and cases put forward by the NHS Trust relating to avoidable neonatal and maternal harm and deaths. The families were concerned that lessons were not being learned and that more families would suffer the consequences of a birth injury or neonatal death without adequate measures in place to prevent this. It is hoped that the findings from this report will therefore provide the families with answers and prevent further avoidable injuries and deaths from occurring both within The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust and across maternity services throughout England.
The detailed report highlights a number of shortcomings made by the Trust over the almost 20 year period and outlines a number of essential actions that the Trust must implement with immediate effect. Whilst this is far too late for those families who have been directly impacted, it is hoped that learnings can be made and future mistakes avoided, in order to provide the safest care for women and babies when it is most needed.