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Old 1st Jul 2020, 05:48
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Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust

Clapping the NHS..... into handcuffs......

To paraphrase someone on a previous thread the NHS seems to be capable of being either brilliant or diabolical - with nothing in between......

https://www.theguardian.com/society/...ford-nhs-trust

Police investigate maternity care at Shropshire NHS trust

Police have launched an investigation into allegations of poor maternity care at an NHS trust where dozens of babies may have died unnecessarily.

West Mercia Police confirmed it was looking into Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust – into what threatens to be one of the worst scandals in the history of the NHS.

The trust’s maternity services are currently subject to an independent inquiry, led by Donna Ockenden, which has identified 1,170 cases over a 40-year period that warrant investigation.

An initial inquiry into about 250 cases found that at least 42 babies and three mothers may have died unnecessarily and more than 50 newborns suffered avoidable brain damage at the trust. Since then hundreds more cases have emerged. The details of some of these cases, involving deaths of babies and some mothers, will now be passed to the police.

In April, Ockenden said she had written to 400 families where potential failures had been identified. Of these cases, 333 involved either stillbirths, neonatal deaths or baby brain damage, as well as a small number of maternal deaths.

Police confirmed they met Ockenden and representatives from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Improvement on Tuesday.

Geoff Wessell, the assistant chief constable of West Mercia Police, said the police investigation would explore whether there was evidence to support a criminal case “against the trust or any individuals involved”.......
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Old 1st Jul 2020, 12:09
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Difficult to see how the Trust can be held to account for deaths up to 40 years ago; it can't be more than 15 years old.
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Old 1st Jul 2020, 12:32
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Originally Posted by Harley Quinn View Post
Difficult to see how the Trust can be held to account for deaths up to 40 years ago; it can't be more than 15 years old.

The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust can be traced back to 1991 when the NHS trusts were all established, so it's been around for ~29 years, rather than 40 years, or 15 years.
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The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust can be traced back to 1991 when the NHS trusts were all established, so it's been around for ~29 years, rather than 40 years, or 15 years.
Thanks for that VP, I hadn't realised the Trust model had been going for so long
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Originally Posted by Harley Quinn View Post
Difficult to see how the Trust can be held to account for deaths up to 40 years ago; it can't be more than 15 years old.
It's in fashion at the moment holding people responsible for past events.
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Thanks for that VP, I hadn't realised the Trust model had been going for so long
They all date back to the Thatcher era, and the introduction of the National Health Service and Community Care Act back in 1990. Something I remember well, because of the fact that my wife (a nurse) had her employment contract torn up and was forced to sign a new one putting her on a 6 month contract when the hospital she'd been working at for a decade became a trust. Not a popular move, as doing this meant she was no longer eligible for some of the normal employment protection rights she'd earned as a career paediatric nurse. This was another of the barking mad, "let's play shopkeepers" bit of Thatcher's crazy obsession with setting up "internal markets", and idea so deeply flawed that anyone with half a brain cell could see how it was going to pan out.
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As a midwife my mother retained her records till she died. My wife say she can also be held liable, she retired as midwife over 40 years ago. 'Trust' is simply a modern reincarnation, culpability does not stop at 1991.
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