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Dummy found taped to baby's face

28th January 2013

A statement from Staffordshire Police has confirmed they are in the "early stages" of investigating a complaint about a baby who had a dummy taped to his face at Stafford Hospital.

Baby Ward

Colin Ovington from Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust said: "Fortunately, the baby was unharmed. We have a zero tolerance approach to poor patient care."

The trust said a member of staff who worked at the hospital had been suspended.

Next month a report is due which follows a £13 million public inquiry concerning "appalling standards" of care at the hospital. 

The police statement said they were looking into allegations concerning members of staff at the hospital and were talking to the trust and the child's family.

It said: "Officers from our Protecting Vulnerable People Department are at the very early stages of investigating a complaint concerning the treatment of a baby boy by a member of staff at Stafford Hospital earlier this month." 

Mr Ovington, director of nursing and midwifery, said: "We cannot emphasise strongly enough that this incident is exceptional and apologise again to the family."

"We want other hospitals to learn from this so that we can be sure that it does not happen to any other baby."


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