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Independent Review Finds Maternity Risk Management 'Below Standard' At Two Greater Manchester Hospitals

Medical Negligence Lawyers Call For Recommendations To Be Implemented Immediately


An independent review into maternity care at the Royal Oldham and North Manchester General Hospital has recommended a series of improvements after reporting that risk management before and during labour at the maternity units were ‘below standard’. 

The review was undertaken after the death of seven babies and three mothers in the two departments in eight months.

According to local media reports, bosses at the maternity units and the Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, which manages both sites, have promised to implement a major improvement plan following the recommendations.

While the review found there were no deficiencies in the care of women at the units, it uncovered a lack of clinical leadership and failings when dealing with overweight patients.

Gill Harris, chief nurse at the Pennine Acute Trust, told the MEN that the Trust owes it to families affected by issues at the hospitals “to demonstrate we have listened to what they have told us”.

She added: “We are deeply, deeply sorry for all the upset we have caused. We want to show them that we are learning from their concerns and we cannot express how sorry we are that they have had to go through this.”

Mark Havenhand, a Partner and expert medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: 

Expert Opinion
The poor standards highlighted by this independent review need to be addressed immediately to prevent the tragic loss of lives in the maternity units at the Royal Oldham and North Manchester General Hospital.

“We welcome the fact that the Trust has acted quickly and has implemented a major improvement programme. Patient safety should always be the top priority and it is vital changes are put in place quickly and reassurances are provided that patients will be in the best possible hands and experience care of the highest possible standard.
Mark Havenhand, Partner

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