Nottingham Maternity Scandal Inquiry: Baby deaths and injuries ‘avoidable’

Two babies died and dozens were left with life-changing injuries at a hospital in Nottingham due to avoidable failures in care, an inquiry has found.The maternity scandal at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust involved 66 incidents between 2015 and 2020.An independent inquiry, led by Donna Ockenden, found that most of them took place in the labour ward.The report into the trust’s maternity service, published on Wednesday, makes 15 recommendations including better leadership, transparency and communication with parents.Mothers’ concerns were ignored or dismissed, and in some cases women were given incorrect information, it says.One mother said she told midwives her baby had stopped moving, but they did not appear concerned. Her baby died shortly after birth.Another mother said she had asked for an epidural but was told it was too late. Her baby suffered a brain injury during delivery and died 14 months later.The inquiry found that the failures were caused by a number of factors, including a lack of resources, poor training, and a culture of secrecy and bullying.Donna Ockenden said: .

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