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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Barrow hospital maternity unit probe ‘finally getting to the truth’ says mum

A MUM has described how she was “shocked and saddened” to hear hospital employees’ accounts of historic problems which led to the deaths of a number of mothers and babies.

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investigation Liza Brady, top inset, whose son was stillborn in 2008, is attending all the sittings of the Morecambe Bay Inquiry into events surrounding care at the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital. The inquiry is led by Bill Kirkup, above

Wednesday and Thursday saw seven interviews scheduled as part of the Morecambe Bay Investigation. The process, led by Bill Kirkup, was set up to scrutinise the events surrounding the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital between 2004 and 2012.

Wednesday’s listed interviewees included FGH consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, Prabas Misra as well as the Morecambe Bay trust’s former divisional general manager for women and children, Fraser Cant, and former heads of midwifery, Denise Fish and Angela Oxley.

As a family member at the heart of the investigation, Walney mum Liza Brady was invited to attend the interview process. Liza and her husband Simon have spent years searching for answers over failings during the birth of their stillborn son, Alex Davey-Brady, in September 2008.

Mrs Brady said: “I was just shocked. It’s given me more of an in-depth insight of what’s been going on inside the trust.

“It’s good to hear the staff’s views on things, it’s the only opportunity we’ll ever have to sit and listen to them. I’m just really saddened.

“It’s getting to know the bigger picture and the core of the problems and where they’ve spiralled from, how and why. It just helps to understand it.”

Due to be questioned on Thursday were Dhia Mahmood, of Royal Preston Hospital, and Beverley Cole, of NHS watchdog the Care Quality Commission.

More interviews are planned for tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday this week, as well as Tuesday July 22, Thursday July 24 and Monday July 28.

Mrs Brady plans to be at the investigation’s headquarters for all six days.

She said: “The next two weeks are going to be pretty hectic.

“I don’t know how I’m going to feel until it all comes to a conclusion.

“But I feel very confident that they’re going to dig out what’s gone wrong, just by seeing them in action. They’re pretty straightforward, they don’t interrogate anyone whatsoever, but they do ask the right questions.

“We can’t move on until we know for sure what’s happened and that’s what this process is – for families, it’s finally getting to the truth.”

UHMBT executive chief nurse, Sue Smith, said the trust was “absolutely committed” to doing everything it could to support the investigation.

She said: “Whilst the interview process will no doubt be difficult for all involved, the consensus from our staff is that they are keen to engage with the panel’s work and answer their questions as openly and honestly as possible.”

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