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.
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