Jump to content

The Morecombe Bay scandal took my baby’s life – history has repeated itself and the NHS must act now

In March 2015, the Morecambe Bay investigation, chaired by Dr Bill Kirkup, published its report into serious failures in care that led to the avoidable deaths of 11 babies and a mother at Furness General Hospital (FGH) between 2004 and 2012. One of the babies that died was James Titcombe's son, Joshua.

The report described a seriously dysfunctional maternity unit where certain midwives pursued an “over-zealous” approach to promoting “normal” childbirth, relationships between doctors and midwives was poor, midwifery practice fell well below acceptable standards and, unforgivably, instances of avoidable harm and death were covered up – meaning lessons were not learned and similar failures were repeated year after year. 

The report detailed how opportunities to intervene at Morecambe Bay were missed at all levels and how the families who raised concerns were treated as problems to be managed, rather than voices that needed to be heard. More than four years later, it is both tragic and distressing to read about the litany of failures identified in the leaked interim report into care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH). Far from events at Morecambe Bay being a “one-off”, it is now painfully clear that not only have similar failures in care occurred elsewhere, but that they have happened on an even larger scale.

James, speaking to The Independent, says "Worryingly, the reason why we are reading about these issues now isn’t because the regulatory system identified a problem and called for further scrutiny, but rather because of the extraordinary efforts of bereaved families."

Read full story

Source: The Independent, 21 November 2019




Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...