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CQC Deadline Arrives for Furness General Hospital

 James Titcombe, father of baby Joshua who died soon after his birth at Furness General Hospital, comments on the latest developments at the Trust whilst solicitor Ruth Keenleyside talks about the other famliies who have raised concerns since the problems at FGH first came to light. 

Today is deadline day for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust following the warning notice issued by the Care Quality Commission in September 2011.

Speaking on the day of the CQC deadline, James Titcombe said, “Whilst we are pleased that significant improvements in the safety of maternity services at the Trust appear to finally be happening, we are appalled that it has taken enforcement action from external regulators for this to come about. The situation that led to Joshua’s death should never have been allowed. The subsequent failures of the Trust to properly address the issues, demonstrates an inexcusable failure in governance which has continued to put the lives of mothers and babies at risk. We are not surprised to read comments from a senior consultant condemning the Trust’s management and we add our own voice to the calls for senior resignations.”

Solicitor Ruth Keenleyside who is representing several families with concerns about their treatment at Furness General Hospital said, “There does still seem to be a very “head in the sand” approach to dealing with patient safety issues at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. Although I welcome the plans which have been put into place, I am sorry to see that the Trust is still insisting that everyone considers it to be “safe”. Plainly, if there were no risks, the Trust would not have been issued with a warning notice in the first place.”

We continue to hear from families with serious concerns. Their worries cover a wide range of issues but there are common themes such as lack of communication as well as cases which demonstrate a lack of basic medical knowledge. We are seeing first-hand that behind the reports and press releases, there are very real people whose lives have been changed forever by the loss of children, mothers or the harm they have suffered because of the shortcomings at Furness General Hospital.”

Ruth Keenleyside is a solicitor at Burnetts in Carlisle and Whitehaven. She is one of only two lawyers in Cumbria who have been accredited by the well-respected charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA).

Published: Monday 21st November 2011
Categorised: Medical Negligence

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