As reported by BBC news, a review was carried out by the Royal College of Midwives into the Health Board’s maternity services. Their findings, published in April 2019, were extremely concerning; they found services were ‘under extreme pressure’ and ‘dysfunctional’.
The health board had previously carried out their own investigation but the review team were unconvinced that the health board would make the changes needed without more support. They noted that an internal report which had been prepared by a consultant midwife at the health board the year before, which raised many safety concerns, had not been acted upon.
67 stillbirths, going back to 2010 were also identified by a consultant midwife which the health board had not reported upon
Among the parents affected by the failings of the health board is Chioma Udeogu; her daughter was tragically delivered stillborn following failures of staff to carry out antenatal checks on Mrs Udeogu for 12 hours. Other parents also spoke of feeling ignored or patronised.
Following the review by the Royal College of Midwives, the health board has now made changes including improving cover for doctors and strengthening procedures for raising concerns.
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