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Baby in maternity ward - Independent Review of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

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.

If you or a loved one have suffered harm because of suspected clinical negligence, one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors would be happy to speak with you and advise you on your options, including a formal complaint and a legal claim. There is no initial charge for discussing this with us and we will talk you through your options, including how to fund a case and the possibility of a no win no fee arrangement (conditional fee agreement or CFA)”

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Baby in maternity ward - Independent Review of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

An independent review, led by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology and the Royal College of Midwives, into Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board maternity services was published on Tuesday 30th May. The review, ordered by Health Minister Vaughan Gething, followed concerns over the deaths of a number of babies and it makes disturbing reading.

It found that women had ‘distressing experiences and poor care’ and found eleven areas of immediate concern. These included: insufficient midwives who were under extreme pressure; frequently no consultant obstetrician on the labour ward or they were often difficult to contact; staff unaware of the guideline, protocols, triggers and escalations that are in place and a punitive culture where staff felt senior management did not listen to concerns  repeatably raised over a period of time.

A public apology has been issued and the Health Board fully accept the findings.

Sadly many women and babies and their families will have been affected by the failure in services leaving lasting effects on their lives. Graystons can help if you think you have been affected and assist in finding the answers that many of our clients crave when the medical care that they have received was substandard.