Lawyers Representing Those Caught Up In Investigation Say It’s A Time Of Mixed Emotions For Families
Families being represented by expert lawyers are awaiting publication of a long-awaited report into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals.
Law firm Irwin Mitchell is representing a number of parents who say they have suffered as a result of failings in maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, stretching back decades. Experts at Irwin Mitchell have also contributed to the Health Committee’s Maternity Safety Call for Evidence.
The Ockenden review is investigating more than 1,800 cases involving the Trust. It’s now expected to publish its initial findings on Thursday, subject to Parliament.
Expert Opinion“The first-hand stories that we continue to hear from families about the maternity care they received at Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals are deeply concerning.
“Families have waited patiently for the Ockenden review to publish findings. Now this is on the horizon it’s a time of mixed emotions for the families. On one hand they hope that the review will identify measures needed to improve care and patient trust. However, on the other the hand, the findings could well be a stark reminder of the heartbreak and hurt they’ve had to endure.
“No doubt many people will have further questions and concerns once more detail is known. It’s vital that families receive the care and support they need to get through this emotional time.
“This report must not be pushed to one side after publication – it’s crucial that the detail is analysed and where possible lessons are learned to improve maternity safety which must remain a focus for the NHS.
“Too often we have seen reviews and investigations in the past make recommendations which then take years to implement.
“We would welcome the opportunity to work with the Trust to provide our clients with all the answers they deserve while contributing towards improving maternity safety.” Tim Annett - Partner
An investigation was ordered into baby deaths at the Trust in 2017 by then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Initially the investigation was to look into 23 cases but was expanded to more than 270 in 2019.
Earlier this year the review announced it was looking into 1,170 cases stretching back 40 years. In July this was extended again to cover 1,862 cases.
A leaked report into the inquiry last year revealed a catalogue of concerns and that dozens of mums and babies were believed to have died or been left disabled because of poor care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.
West Mercia Police is also investigating alleged failings and whether there are grounds for a criminal case.
Led by former senior midwife Donna Ockenden, the independent review is due to publish an emerging findings report. The review has said it will include ‘essential and immediate actions’.
The findings will be based on 250 cases of concern, including the original 23, which triggered the probe.
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