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CQC Review of Morecambe Bay Maternity Services

Following the CQC’s critical review of Maternity Services at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, the solicitor representing the Titcombe family has condemned the Trust for its failure to improve standards.

Following the CQC’s critical review of Maternity Services at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, the solicitor representing the Titcombe family has condemned the Trust for its failure to improve standards.

Clinical negligence specialist Ruth Keenleyside was one of the legal team which represented James and Hoa Titcombe at the inquest of their baby son Joshua who died from an infection which was undetected by staff at Furness General Hospital. Ruth, from Burnetts in Carlisle, is highly critical of the Trust.

She said, “This report is extremely damning: the Trust has shown a total unwillingness and inability to adequately address concerns which have been raised about their maternity services over a number of years. I accept that the majority of deliveries at Furness General Hospital have a positive outcome, but this complacency means the Trust is putting mothers and babies at risk.

“In particular, adequate emergency maternity cover is essential in a rural county such as Cumbria, where travel time to a maternity unit can be considerable. If a poorly baby needs to be delivered urgently, every second counts. Delay can be catastrophic, resulting in brain damage or severe disabilities in the infant or the tragic death of mother, baby or both.”

Ruth concluded, “The issues raised by the CQC are massive. During and after Joshua’s inquest just three months ago, the Trust repeatedly gave assurances that changes had been implemented since his death in 2008. Sadly, it appears that the Trust has not understood the extent of the improvements required and has continued to deliver a sub-standard service.”

Burnetts’ medical law team is currently acting for several families in claims of serious clinical negligence by the Maternity Services of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

Ruth is one of only two lawyers in Cumbria who have been accredited by the well-respected charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA).

The Care Quality Commission report and their press release will be available at http://www.cqc.org.uk/ from 9.30am today.

9th September 2011

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For further media information contact Angela Huck on 01228 552222 / 07525 128762 or email ash@burnetts.co.uk

Note to Editor:

Further information about Joshua Titcombe is available as follows:

Inquest of Baby Joshua Opens in Cumbria
Missed Opportunities Led to Baby’s Death
10 Failings Identified by HM Coroner

For further information about AvMa, visit www.avma.org.uk.

Published: Friday 9th September 2011
Categorised: Medical Negligence, Serious Injury

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