Last week, it was announced that a criminal inquiry into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust had been launched. The inquiry, by West Mercia Police could be one of the worst scandals to hit the NHS, which celebrated its 72nd birthday on the 5th July.
This inquiry is in response to the alleged poor care at the Trust, which includes 1,200 cases involving the deaths of babies and mothers and will assess whether there is evidence of criminal actions by the Trust or individuals.
The poor care at the trust came to light last year, when a report by The Independent highlighted the deaths of at least 42 babies and 3 mothers between 1979 and 2017, and at least 50 babies born with brain damage as a result of negligence at birth.
Since launching the inquiry, at least 400 families have been contacted with potential cases involving stillbirths, neonatal deaths, brain injuries and maternal deaths.
It is hoped that the investigation will provide answers for families and that lessons will be learnt throughout the NHS, to ensure that every mother and baby receives safe maternal care.
We have acted for families who have suffered the loss of a child following a negligent delivery, and for several children who have sustained brain injuries at birth and handle all cases with sensitivity and compassion.
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