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Reaction to Project Ambrose

Following the publication of Grant Thornton's "Project Ambrose" investigation into the Care Quality Commision's regulation of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Angela Curran from Burnetts Solicitors issued a press statement on behalf of the medical law team and one of the families affected. 

Angela Curran, a partner in Burnetts’ Medical Law team is a nationally recognised solicitor who specialises in obstetric and neonatal clinical negligence claims.

She said, “This report is extremely serious and the conclusion that there might well have been a deliberate “cover up” at the CQC is truly shocking. The evident lack of transparency at the regulator has undoubtedly added to the anguish that our clients have felt following the unnecessary deaths of their loved ones at Furness General Hospital.

This report will be welcomed by many of our clients. The family of Nittaya and Chester Hendrickson has applauded the CQC’s new Chief Executive David Behan for its commissioning and hopes that University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust will learn from the findings. The Hendricksons have urged healthcare bodies to recognise the human cost of lack of transparency.

We continue to receive enquiries from families with concerns about some aspect of their care at Furness General Hospital’s maternity unit. We are currently instructed in more than a dozen cases, many of which are extremely serious and distressing involving stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths.

We recognise that changes have been made at the CQC. We very much hope that enough has been done both systematically and culturally to ensure that this never happens again and to ensure that we can rely on our regulatory bodies to protect our loved ones.”

Published: Wednesday 19th June 2013
Categorised: Medical Negligence

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