No prosecutions following police investigations into Barrow hospital maternity deaths
Last updated at 18:04, Friday, 14 June 2013
NO cases investigated as part of a police probe into deaths in maternity at Furness General Hospital in Barrow will proceed to prosecution, Cumbria police have announced.
However, the case which originally sparked Cumbria Constabulary's involvement at FGH remains open.
An initial police investigation was launched in March 2011 ahead of the inquest into the death of Dalton baby boy, Joshua Titcombe. Officers received complaints about the standards of care Joshua received at Furness General Hospital.
Following his inquest and subsequent complaints from other families, a more detailed police investigation was commissioned, led by Cumbria Constabulary’s major investigation team. It was in September 2011 that police confirmed they have extended their investigation to involve “a number” of deaths of mothers and babies cared for at FGH.
Detective Inspector Doug Marshall said: “The investigation into the complaints received about Furness General Hospital maternity unit has been extremely complex. The investigation into the death of Joshua Titcombe is continuing.
“In respect of the other complaints we have received in the course of that investigation we have been able to inform those family members that their cases will not proceed to a criminal prosecution. The families have been provided with information on how to progress their concerns with the trust and a number of investigations involving other regulatory bodies are ongoing.
“An independent inquiry has been launched into the events in question and it would be remiss of me to comment further on the findings of our investigation until that inquiry reports.”
First published at 10:49, Friday, 14 June 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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