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

A BBC report published today, following consideration of NHS reports has revealed that at least twenty maternity deaths or cases involving serious harm have been linked to North Devon District Hospital.

The report details that a previously unreleased 2017 review raised serious questions about maternity care at the Trust. The report also identified failings in the working relationships within the Maternity Department, finding some midwives were working autonomously and some senior doctors failed to give guidance to junior colleagues.

The report followed a 2013 review by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists who investigated 11 serious clinical incidents at the Trust’s Maternity Unit, dating back as far as 2008.

In response, Professor Adrian Harris, Medical Director at North Devon District Hospital set out that sweeping changes within the Trust meant there had “progress” since the report was published and that the unit was “completely different” after recommended reforms had been effected.

If you or a loved one has been affected by medical failures or substandard care, you can contact Graystons for further assistance. We can also advise you on the range of funding options available to you, including whether you may be able to fund any legal action under a “no win, no fee agreement”.

 

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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.