The baby-killers

At least 201 cases where mothers or babies died in the care of a county hospital trust – Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust – had significant or major concerns where better care could have led to a different outcome, a major inquiry has found.

A tearful Kayleigh Griffiths, whose baby daughter Kate died, was at Albrighton Hall Hotel in Shrewsbury to listen to Shropshire Maternity Scandal findings
A tearful Kayleigh Griffiths, whose baby daughter Kate died, was at Albrighton Hall Hotel in Shrewsbury to listen to Shropshire Maternity Scandal findings

The Ockenden Inquiry into maternity care at Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust has found that hundreds of families were failed in its care.

The review has found more than 200 cases where mothers died, where babies were stillborn, or there was neonatal death, had significant or major concerns – and where different care would have resulted in a different outcome.

Another 106 cases involving cerebral palsy and brain damage were found to have the same concern. With better care likely to have led to a better outcome.

The review, which includes cases as early as 1973 and as recent as 2020 – but mainly covered the period from 2000 to 2019 – has outlined 60 actions needed to be taken by the trust to improve its care.

There are also 15 recommendations for maternity across the country.

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10 Responses to “The baby-killers”

  1. ian says:

    There was a similar report a few years ago from near me. West Cumbria, possibly Workington or Whitehaven, where a mother and children unit experienced a High death rate. I was talking to a neighbour’s daughter recently, who moved up Scotland and is a senior radiographer. She told me that the level of job applicants is now terrible, with most of the applicants being minorities helped on by government policy and not merit. It can only get worse.

    • archer says:

      All about ‘bums on seats’ – to hell with whether or not they are capable of doing the job.
      Immigrants will also usually work for less: they’ll be attracted from the Philippines or Africa by what appears to be a good salary (when converted to their local currency), without perhaps considering living costs.

  2. danceaway says:

    Ian, have a look at this channel re minorities flooding the UK.

    I came across this by accident and have been stunned by what is happening right under our noses. This young woman chronicles her move to the UK with her husband ( she trained in law in Nigeria ), how they bought a house, and makes videos advising others on how they can move to the UK, with or without qualifications. Today she posted a photo of a meeting with her MP. She is on a roll!

    • ian says:

      Coudenhove Kalergi would be so proud danceaway, of the progress they’ve made since his death.

    • archer says:

      Always a difficult subject to discuss, danceaway and ian. You can’t really blame Nigerians or others from developing countries to want to better themselves; the same goes for the boat people. Trouble is that all that happens is that the host country gets dragged down by trying to sustain endless immigration. Completely unsustainable from an economic perspective, without even considering cultural differences etc.

      Incidentally, if Nigeria’s oil wealth wasn’t plundered by oil companies and corrupt locals, their (albeit dense) population could easily be looked after to a good standard, so feels like a bit of a vicious circle.

  3. danceaway says:

    I first learned this from Ian R Crane. It is so important. Do you think you should post this link, Ian?

    • ian says:

      I suppose I could danceaway.

    • ian says:

      I’m never sure danceaway, on matters that might upset some.

      • danceaway says:

        Archer, I was struck by the number of care workers, nurses, and even some doctors who are essentially being fired for non compliance, and then replaced by foreigners with less adequate training. It looks like one huge scam.

      • archer says:

        Is that vaccine related non-compliance, danceaway? Even now the compulsory jab policy has been put on hold?