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Shrewsbury maternity scandal: Medical watchdog asks NHS for information about doctors at trust

The General Medical Council (GMC) has asked the NHS to share concerns about any doctors involved in poor care at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust.

It comes as West Mercia Police said it was considering a range of criminal charges against the hospital including corporate manslaughter.

Anthony Omo, Director of Fitness to Practice for the GMC, said the reports of poor maternity care at the trust were “shocking” and his thoughts were with the families. He added: “We are in contact with the trust and have asked NHS England and NHS Improvement for details of any concerns about individual doctors." 

“All doctors have a responsibility to take action if they are aware that patient safety may be put at risk.”

Meanwhile, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has said it will make changes to the way it inspects hospitals after criticism of the way it allowed a report into the Shrewsbury trust in 2017 to be used.

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Source: The Independent, 22 November 2019


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