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Baby death hospital warned

13th September 2011

The Care Quality Commission has sent a warning notice to the hospital trust which is currently under investigation following a number of baby deaths.

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Nine-day-old Joshua Titcombe died at Furness General Hospital, which is managed by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, in October 2008.

The CQC released an extremely critical report into maternity care at the hospital on Friday. Police then said they were carrying out an investigation into other baby deaths at the hospital.

The notice sent by the CQC sets out what the trust has to do in order to improve its maternity care services and sets a date by which the improvements must be implemented.

According to the June inquest into Joshua's death, the baby died from natural causes but midwives failed to identify and treat a serious infection.

Coroner Ian Smith said hospital staff had not paid attention to the baby's parents and their concerns.

The inquest was told that if the baby had been given antibiotics when he was born, he would have had an 80% chance of recovering.

A statement from Cumbria Police issued on Friday said: "Cumbria Police is continuing an investigation into a number of deaths that occurred after mothers and infants received care at the maternity unit in Furness General Hospital.

"The investigation began following the death of Joshua Titcombe and detectives have now widened their investigation to include a number of other deaths. The enquiries are detailed and complex so it is too early to determine exactly which of these cases, or how many others, the investigation may include as it progresses." 

 

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