Barrow hospital staff suspended by trust
Last updated at 16:57, Tuesday, 05 November 2013
A SENIOR member of staff and two midwives who work at Furness General Hospital in Barrow have been suspended.
The senior member of staff is believed to be head of legal services, Ranu Rowan.
Her suspension by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is connected to an email that was sent suggesting the trust was trying to prevent an inquest into the death of a baby at the hospital.
The two midwives, who work at FGH, have been suspended over an unrelated matter.
Walney residents Liza and Simon Brady lost their son, Alex Davey-Brady, in September 2008. Alex was classed as stillborn, but an inquest found a number of problems with how his birth was handled.
The couple submitted a Data Protection Act request which has released a dossier of emails referring to the couple and the inquest into Alex’s death.
In one of these emails, sent by Ranu Rowan, the trust’s head of legal services, to former chief executive Tony Halsall, Mrs Rowan asks, in relation to Alex’s death, whether Mr Halsall would like her to ‘nudge’ the coroner away from having an inquest.
Another memo from Mrs Rowan to Mr Halsall, as previously reported in the Evening Mail, suggested trust staff “briefed” witnesses ahead of inquests and were concerned about bad publicity.
The trust later apologised for any distress caused by those remarks, but it is understood the latest revelation about apparent attempts to influence the coroner’s decision whether to hold an inquest has prompted Mrs Rowan’s suspension.
In a statement David Wilkinson, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at UHMBT said: “I offer my sincere apologies for any further upset or concern caused by this email.
“The Chief Executive responded personally to the concerns raised as soon as this serious matter was brought to her attention. This is being treated extremely seriously and involves staff members at the highest level of the organisation.
“We have today taken the decision to precautionary suspend a current member of staff involved, this isn’t to apportion or infer blame, but to allow an investigation to be conducted to establish the facts.”
On the suspension of the midwives Mr Wilkinson said: “I can confirm that two midwives who work at FGH are under precautionary suspension whilst a matter which has recently arisen is investigated further.
“It is not appropriate to disclose further details at this stage, other than to state the trust will uphold the Duty of Candour and ensure the appropriate people are kept informed.’’
First published at 19:59, Friday, 27 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I would like to know how this woman thought she could nudge the coroner into not holding a inquest or does this sort of thing happen more often maybe the police should be looking into this.
What is a Director of Workforce and Organisational Development exactly and what exactly do they do. I work in London but I am an ex Barrovian and am more or less used to silly titles but this one take the cake. What did the Hospital do before they had such a position?
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