An eight death is being investigated at a controversial maternity unit where two mothers and five babies have already died.
News of the latest tragedy was reported to the Care Quality Commission, which issued a damning report on the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria, last month.
Last week, a baby was understood to have been delivered stillborn after midwives refused the mother a caesarean.
The CQC investigation at Barrow was prompted by the inquest in June into the 2008 death of Joshua Titcombe, caused by a delay in treating a post-birth infection. The coroner accused midwives of concealing the truth.
In a separate case, Prabas Misra, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at the hospital, wrote a damning letter to her bosses after the death, also in 2008, of baby Alex Brady, who was asphyxiated at birth amid claims that midwives delayed his delivery. Mr Misra wrote that midwives appeared to be rejecting doctors’ advice.
My comment: When will this madness end? A reactive watchdog who only takes action after the event, whistle-blowers who are ignored and authorities who never learn lessons.
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