In the last few years, locally and nationally, public awareness surrounding standards of maternity care experienced by mothers and their babies in parts of England & Wales has grown primarily due to the unfolding Shropshire Maternity Care Scandal that has seen widespread coverage in the news.
In 2017, Jeremy Hunt (then Health Secretary) announced an investigation would be launched into the deaths of babies under care of the Trust, to examine the standard of the maternity care services provided. Unfortunately, since the investigation began, the number of families found to be affected in some way has increased dramatically.
Following its initial launch in 2017, where the investigation intended to look specifically at 23 incidents occurring between 2009 and 2016, the investigation has expanded dramatically, with many more families coming forward
Leading the investigation is Donna Ockenden, a registered midwife and maternity clinical expert (now Chair of the Independent Maternity review into care at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust). The Investigation has gone on to identify hundreds of further possible cases, where tragically, mothers, and babies have died or been left with life-changing brain injuries.
The Ockenden Review has now identified nearly 1,900 individual cases where there are signs of sub-standard care being a contributory factor in the death or serious injury to a baby or the death of a mother.
The Maternity Review has now moved onto its next phase and is currently in the process of completing the clinical reviews to enable the final report to be published.
Families who have concerns and are not part of the review have been advised to directly contact the trust on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The review has confirmed that a first report will be published in early December. A preliminary date of the 10 December has been given. The report will be announced in Parliament.
This first report will be an emerging findings report based upon concerns identified from a number of cases reviewed and we understand will include “Essential and Immediate Actions” with the aim to improve safety within maternity services at the Trust. The publishing of this first report is welcomed.
It is understood that the full and final report will be completed in 2021.
Following the leaked interim report into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, our team has been inundated with calls from families whose child/children have tragically either died or suffered permanent brain damage or where there has been the devastating loss of a mother as a result of potential failings in care.
“We are investigating many cases but we are concerned because these are also our local Hospitals. Many of us have had our babies there. Understandably, trust in the Obstetric Unit has been eroded as information about the scandal is communicated by the media.
“Priority should be given to the families and to support and enable the hospitals to retrain and to rebuild trust, and introduce robust management systems to ensure that national guidelines are followed to keep future mothers and babies safe, and to support those who have suffered at the hands of failings.
“Our team is here to help our local community rebuild and ensure these failings never happen again.”
[Kay Kelly, Head of Clinical Negligence at Lanyon Bowdler]
We have a dedicated team dealing with the enquiries and potential cases arising from the Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust maternity Scandal, headed by Kay Kelly.
Lanyon Bowdler is a leading law firm across our region (and a Top 200 UK law firm) with a dedicated team of Medical Negligence Solicitors. Our specialist team includes an in-house doctor and two nurses and a midwife so we bring the highest medical understanding and legal expertise to each claim.
We are on the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Solicitors Panel and the AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents, a UK charity for patient safety and justice) specialist clinical negligence panel.
Our clinical negligence team has been awarded the Specialist Quality Mark, awarded by the Legal Services Commission. This is a testament to the level of expertise and experience in the team and is a prestigious appointment.
If you have been affected or harmed in any way due to inadequate or negligent Maternity Care at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, then please get in touch with us to talk.
If you feel that your family has suffered due to negligent pre or post-natal healthcare anywhere in England & Wales, our team of specialists has the legal expertise and clinical acumen to help you decide whether you have grounds to make a claim for compensation.
With offices in Shrewsbury, Hereford, Conwy, Ludlow, Oswestry, Bromyard & Telford, Lanyon Bowdler are one of the most recognisable law firms in Shropshire, Herefordshire & North Wales specialising in clinical negligence claims. We regularly act for clients on medical claims from Birmingham, Worcester, Stafford, and right across the Midlands as well as into Cheshire. We can support your family wherever you are.
We are experts in medical negligence and, dealing with parents who have suffered the loss of a child or had an injury during birth due to negligence. You are in safe hands. Our people are your team and we will sensitively guide and direct you through the process of making a claim and hold your hand throughout the process.
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