Maternity scandal in Shrewsbury

June 13th, 2022

The largest review of its kind in NHS history has been carried out over a 5 year period by a senior midwife, Donna Ockenden, into the standards of the maternity care at Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust.

This covered the period 2000-2019 and the report is damning. Ms Ockenden found that there were catastrophic failures in care leading to the death of 201 babies, 9 mothers and numerous other children who have been left with substantial brain injuries and cerebral palsy.

The main factors behind these failings appear to have been inadequately measuring the growth of foetuses over time, a culture of reluctance to perform C-sections, a lack of training, investigation, clinical governance and staffing issues. Over-arching all of this appears to have been a further culture of staff fearing being able to speak out regarding what was going on at the time.

There was sadly also a failure to listen to parents’ own suspicions that their pregnancies were not proceeding as they ought to have been, and even mothers being blamed. Some 40% of still births and 43% of neonatal deaths were not investigated at all in an 8 year period during this time.

You can read more about this case here.

We have decades of experience in obstetric cases involving catastrophic injuries and death to babies as a result of substandard maternity care in both the NHS and private practice. Please do get in touch if you have any concerns regarding care received at the Trust during your pregnancy and if you or your children have suffered any loss or damage as a result.

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