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The CQC has told Mid and South Essex NHS Trust that improvement is needed in maternity services, across its hospitals.
Following the inspections, the maternity services at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust have been rated as ‘requires improvements.’
This includes maternity services at Southend University Hospital, Basildon University Hospital and Broomfield Hospital. All three have been rated as ‘requires improvement.’
The inspections were made after concerns were raised about patient safety and the quality of care.
The inspectors found the following reasons for the ratings of ‘requires improvement.’
Nicola Wise, CQC head of hospital inspection, said:
“Although we found instances of good practice, despite the pressure NHS services and the wider healthcare sector face, there are improvements Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust must make.
“These include ensuring care is not undermined in its maternity services by staffing shortages. While this is a national problem affecting many hospitals, leaders must develop ways of minimising the risk to patients this causes.
“The trust must also ensure its staff complete all relevant training to support them to meet patient need, and that it engages with patients and families in line with its legal obligations when something has gone wrong in a patient’s care.
The CQC report also highlighted areas where they observed positive practices.
Blackwater Law successfully represented the family of baby Blake in making a midwife negligence claim after the community midwife failed to notice a severe medical abnormality.
If you or a loved one has suffered a result of poor care in maternity services, you should speak to a birth injury solicitor about your options for possible recourse.
You may be entitled to make a no-win, no-fee birth injury or medical negligence compensation claim to help you secure the funding, or the treatments required to put things right.