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Maternity services need to improve

19th January 2010

The Care Quality Commission has called for a hospital where two babies died to hire more permanent midwives and provide more beds in maternity wards.

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A report by the CQC said that Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust had made improvements to maternity care since 2008. However, it said that more changes were needed to raise the standard of maternity care.

The hospital was the subject of inquests in 2007 and 2009 after the deaths of two babies.

The CQC said the hospital needed to make faster changes to its maternity care in order to provide "safe and effective care for mothers and babies".

It added that provisional improvements set up by the hospital were "not sustainable" and said the trust should concentrate on making permanent changes.

Dr Sandro Lanzon-Miller, medical director at Milton Keynes Hospital, said: "We took action immediately following the visit made by the Healthcare Commission."

"We put temporary measures in place to ensure that we always have enough midwives to deliver safe and effective care to local mothers, while we work to recruit more permanent midwives. We are steadily appointing additional midwives to our team and our recruitment drive continues."

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