Barrow hospital baby death inquest makes parents ‘more angry than ever’
Last updated at 16:43, Thursday, 26 September 2013
PARENTS of a stillborn child say they feel “more angry than ever” after an inquest revealed previous hospital failings similar to those they experienced years later.
Liza Brady and Simon Davey’s son Alex was stillborn at Furness General Hospital in 2008 and an inquest found failings in his care by maternity unit staff.
Earlier this week the Walney couple sat through the inquest into the death of Dalton baby Elleanor Bennett – which revealed similar failings in her care at FGH back in 2004.
The hearing on Monday and Tuesday heard midwives failed to monitor Elleanor’s heart rate for 43 minutes during labour and doctors were not alerted.
The inquest heard the hospital trust was aware of the failures, but never told Elleanor’s parents.
Coroner Mr Ian Smith criticised the trust for failing to inform the family. Ms Brady said: “What gets us more than anything is that in 2004, if there were protocols put in place then, it could have stopped further failings and it wouldn’t have happened to us.
“It’s definitely brought it all back to us and we feel more angry now than ever.”
Earlier this month, NHS England chief executive Sir David Nicholson said “cultural problems” remain at FGH maternity unit.
Mr Davey said he believed evidence given by midwives in this week’s inquest showed lessons had not been learned – and is concerned a midwife involved in the care of his son and Elleanor is still employed.
He said: “More than anything, I’m disappointed the trust are telling us that they’re learning and clearing up their mistakes and they’re just not.
“These are the same people involved in our case four years later.
“The main focus was again on the midwife not integrating with the doctors and allowing them to do their jobs.
“The fact she’s still working there and still got the support of the trust is disgusting.”
George Nasmyth, trust medical director, said: “During the last 12 months significant progress has been made with a new trust board in place and clinicians leading changes in the way we operate.
“A new clinical leadership team for our maternity services has a clear vision of providing safe and excellent care which will meet the needs and expectations of mothers and babies.”
First published at 15:55, Thursday, 26 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Give them a chance - what a ridiculous comment. Mr and Mrs Brady lost their son because the same midwife made the same mistakes. This is unacceptable. We all know people make mistakes but covering up and failing to learn is unforgivable.
This case relates to 2004 and it was already been accepted that changes are required and this is clearly now happening, let's give them a chance and support.
The said midwife in this case I am sure has now been adequately supported given the new leadership and mentorship programmes in the trust. Surely support and mentorship is better than sacking them as this would then prevent staff shortages.
Imagine how hard it must be for midwifes to challenge staff such as consultants, however I suspect the issue is with training grades (registrars etc) as the turn around time is quick and therefore not allowing time to develop a good rappor.
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