Rhiannon and Richard Stanton Davies
The first report from the Ockenden Inquiry into Maternity Care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals was released this week, identifying areas for immediate improvement.
Initial results identified 27 local measures to improve maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, and seven for services across England.
The Irwin Mitchell law firm represents a number of parents who say they have suffered from neglect for decades.
Tim Annett, a veteran medical negligence attorney for the firm, said, “We are deeply concerned about the findings of the report – particularly that problems have appeared to have been allowed to manifest for years because care problems persisted and lessons were not drawn so well Some families’ concerns are not being heard.
“Unfortunately, other maternity scandals like Morecambe Bay and East Kent Hospitals would suggest that what happened in Shrewsbury and Telford is not an isolated issue, which we believe the review has confirmed in the national recommendations.
“As the Ockenden Review also shows, we again call for decisive and meaningful action to be taken to address the issues identified in this report.”
Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors also represent more than 75 families who are making legal claims against SaTH.
Kay Kelly, director of the clinical neglect department, said the initial results are deeply worrying, but it is important to look to the future.
She said, “We have deep compassion for our customers and the families who have suffered indescribable losses, and we look forward to improvements.”