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Posted 20 November 2019
by Endurance Arthur

Leaked Report Reveals Dozens Died on Wards of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust

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Between 1979 and 2017, at least 42 babies and 3 mothers died at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SATH), according to a leaked internal report as revealed yesterday in this article from The Independent. Many children also suffered permanent brain damage and others received care that was not up to standard.

Horrifically, the story doesn’t end there. The investigation is continuing to grow with more than 600 cases now being looked at.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SATH) Report

According to the SATH report, regulators were aware of the problems in 2007 when the Healthcare Commission raised concerns about injuries to babies. The Independent details major issues revealed in the report such as ‘failure to recognise serious incidents’ and a lack of care for families of deceased babies.

The midwife who led the review, Donna Ockenden, confirmed in a statement that alongside her independent review team, she is working hard to achieve a ‘single comprehensive independent report covering all known cases of potentially serious concern within maternity services at the trust’.

Commenting on this leaked report, the hospital in question apologised for those families that have been affected and said they had already been working on issues raised by previous cases.

Similarities with RCOG 2018 report

What is a tragedy is that one year ago the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) found that 7 out of 10 stillbirths, neonatal deaths and babies brain damaged at birth could have been avoided for a number of reasons.

Endurance Arthur comments ‘It is horrifying to read these statistics that aren’t just numbers but are lives lost because of errors. My thoughts are with all those families who were affected. We can hope that this report prompts more improvements to be made at this trust and others around the country so that the serious consequences of these errors can be avoided’.

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Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

Partner and solicitor in the medical negligence department and a member of the Law Society's Clinical Negligence Panel