Maternity scandal: Dozens of Powys families have their cases heard

Monday 11th April 2022 11:00 am
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A Powys health chief has said that 40 families in the county have been a part of a review into maternity services in Shropshire.

Last Wednesday (March 30) the second Ockenden Report was published. The inquiry into the UK’s biggest maternity scandal - led by senior midwife Donna Ockendon - looked into nearly 1,600 incidents at the trust in Shropshire over two decades, and found catastrophic failings in maternity care.

In response to the report’s publication, Carol Shillabeer, chief executive of Powys Teaching Health Board said:

“The failures at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) are deeply concerning, and our first thoughts are with the families affected by these tragic events.

“Throughout the review process we have worked closely with Donna Ockenden and around 40 families that reside within Powys whose experiences have formed part of the review at SaTH.

“We have ongoing dialogue with SaTH, with the Review team, and SaTH’s Improvement Alliance partners at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust and Sherwood Forrest Hospitals NHS Trust.

“The work we have seen evidenced to date to improve services has been implemented with a focus on women and families. We will continue to work together with SaTH and other partners on this improvement.

“We are committed to working with women and their families on their care choices. Currently many women report good or excellent care experiences, however if any woman has concerns regarding their care we would encourage them to either discuss with their midwife or to contact us directly at the health board.

“If any Powys residents would like to share their experience of Women and Children’s Services at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, please contact [email protected] or call 01874 712967 or 01874 712699.”

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