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NHS trust caused Barrow family ‘unnecessary distress’

A GOVERNMENT watchdog has ruled a hospital trust caused a grieving family “unnecessary and unjustifiable” distress in its handling of an incident.

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Mr Titcombes admirable efforts have hopefully helped prevent another family experiencing such awful negligent care again.

This was an extremely sad preventable loss of precious life due to lack of care. However, he has been instrumental in improving the care for future mothers and babies on FGH maternity ward. Well Done!

I was really upset when I had my baby, at the poor standard of care delivered by some of the midwives on the maternity ward. Some were very uncaring and unfriendly.

The maternity ward at FGH has been desperately in need of dramatic changes for years.

Posted by Well Done Mr Titcombe on 14 March 2012 at 19:07

The story above and the comments made by Bruce perfectly display the twisted mentality that exists in some areas of the NHS. I think Mr Titcombe has shown great restraint under what must have been a very frustrating and upsetting time. I do wonder now what will become of those involved in the lies told to him?

Posted by Andrew on 14 March 2012 at 10:15

I wonder where our local MP John Woodcock and his pregnant wife will choose to have their baby, given the current controversy surrounding Furness General and in particular it's maternity services...?

Posted by Rachael on 13 March 2012 at 18:25

Well yet again things swept under the carpet, if only the public and the powers that be knew the half of what goes one there would be a total outrage!!

Posted by Len Jones on 13 March 2012 at 16:49

This is a very disturbing story, one can hardly believe that people could be so cold and uncaring let alone midwives.
My condolences to the Titcombe family who have shown immense restraint. Now let us see how Sir David Henshaw deals with this situation.

Posted by Alarmed on 13 March 2012 at 16:40

I have never met Mr Titcombe, or communicated with him, but he has my heartfelt admiration. My family has a serious complaint againt Leighton Hospital in Crewe, which is now over three years old and is eventualy being investigated by the Ombudsman.
I know that Mr Titcombe will have had to spend many hours writing letters, and he will have endured many times when the Hospital have tried to infer that he is the liar, that he is the only person in the world who has anything bad to say about the Hospital.
The internal Hospital equiry would have concluded that there was no case to answer.
Any sort of initial apology he got would have been couched in terms of "we are sorry that you think that happened"- ie not an apology at all, but a further insinuation that you are just wrong.

In his situation the Hospital, the CQC, the Ombudsman, the NHS, the local MP, the Minister for Health, even the non exec directors, all stand against you, and refuse to investigate, or take any action, until you force the issue to the point where they have to take notice.
He will have had to endure those who say - "well he's only in it for the compo". I can assure those people it becomes a much bigger issue than that - it has to become your lifes work, thats the only way you will get anything changed for the better.

Mr Titcombe has had to face all of this against a background of an unnecesarily dead baby.

Mr Titcombe, I salute you.

Posted by Bruce on 13 March 2012 at 15:02

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