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If you have given birth recently or came under the care of either Colchester General Hospital or Ipswich Hospital during your pregnancy, you may have concerns or questions about the quality of care that was provided to you.
Both Colchester General Hospital and Ipswich Hospital, which are run by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust have been downgraded by the health watchdog The Care Quality Commission (CQC) from good to requires improvement. This relates to the potential risk that mothers and babies were exposed to and concerns for their safety and wellbeing.
Owing to a number of patient complaints and whistle-blower reports from staff working in both maternity departments at Ipswich Hospital and Colchester General Hospital, an unannounced inspection was made by the CQC. The inspection revealed a number of damning findings including a 33% unexpected absence/sickness rate for midwives at Colchester General Hospital, leaving the ward short staffed for a number of months. This meant that there were not always enough staff to keep women and babies safe.
A number of additional factors contributed to the downgrading of both Colchester General Hospital and Ipswich Hospitals maternity services including:
Ipswich Hospital CQC findings include:
In response to the report by CQC, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust have confirmed that additional recruitment is underway and that actions will be taken to alleviate these concerns. However, this may be of little comfort for those who have been directly impacted by poor care during their pregnancy and who have unfortunately suffered adversely as a result.
It is understandable that this report may raise questions by those who were looked after by, or gave birth at Colchester General Hospital or Ipswich Hospital – particularly in the past year. If you believe that you or your baby suffered as a result of avoidable errors and poor care, specialist birth injury solicitors, Blackwater Law can help you find the answers and take steps to protect you and your families’ interests.