BARROW MP John Woodcock has called on health secretary Matt Hancock to investigate concerns raised about the urology department at the trust which runs FGH.

The MP was made aware of a series of failings, including two which led to the avoidable deaths of Walney mum Irene Erhart and Peter Read from Lancaster, following a lengthy investigation by The Mail.

He stood up in the House of Commons today and asked the health secretary to look into how failings at the trust were investigated.

Mr Woodcock said the trust has 'seemingly not learned lessons from the maternity scandal' and was 'refusing to give information to our local paper'. 

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has this week apologised to the two families and insisted lessons have been learned. 

The Mail’s investigation over the last seven months has focused on concerns flagged up by former University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust consultant urologist Peter Duffy.

The Mail: Peter Duffy Consultant Urologist Morecamber Bay, Barrow-in-Furness

Highly-respected surgeon Mr Duffy quit the trust in 2016 after claiming his concerns about three of his colleagues had not been properly investigated.

He has today published an explosive book, Whistle in the Wind, which documents his whistleblowing about fellow consultants Ashutosh Jain, Kavinder Madhra and Muhammad Naseem.

Mr Madhra resigned from UHMBT in September 2018 after the Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service imposed restrictions on his work following concerns being raised by the General Medical Council. He is currently subject to a tribunal and faces being permanently struck off and is no longer practising as a doctor.

Mr Jain and Mr Naseem continue to be employed by the trust and UHMBT bosses have described them as 'valued employees'.

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Commenting after Mr Woodcock's spoke in the House of Commons, Mr Duffy said: "I am very grateful to John Woodcock MP and Amy Fenton, investigative journalist from The Mail for bringing this situation to the public attention. 

"Avoidable deaths and avoidable harm will never be completely eliminated from medical and surgical practice. 

"However, it is vital that mistakes are acknowledged and learned from rather than hidden, so that we can safeguard future patients from similar errors and continue to improve our service.

"I am so very grateful to both Mr Woodcock for speaking out in the House of Commons and particularly to Amy for the months of hard work and determination to get to the root of the story. 

"She deserves much credit for her persistent investigative work going back many months."

Dr David Walker, Medical Director at UHMBT, said: “We feel deeply sorry for Mr Erhart, and for the family of Mr Read and want to apologise to, and reassure them and your readers, that we take every case where a patient dies extremely seriously and that safety for our patients is our primary aim as a healthcare organisation.

“Because of that over-riding concern with safety, and in the light of a number of concerns raised about the Urology Department, including these cases from 2011 and 2015, we invited a review of the department by the Royal College of Surgeons in 2016.

“We have additionally carried out a huge amount of work to ensure the culture in the department continues to improve to ensure the best care for our patients and that our staff are well supported at work.

“In the autumn we will be undertaking a peer review of the department by expert clinicians from another Trust to ensure that the actions arising out of the Royal College Review have been fully embedded and ensure there are no further actions required.

“In terms of the cases referred to, we have fully co-operated with the coroner in both cases at the time and ensured the coroner was satisfied we had taken all actions that we should.

“We appreciate that this is very traumatic for Mrs Erhart’s husband and Mr Read’s family and in Mr Read’s case have met with the family. We would also be pleased to meet with Mr Erhart and discuss any aspect of the case with him.

We want to assure them that our investigations have been thorough, we have learned lessons and of course if Mr Duffy has any further information we’d be grateful to hear from him.”

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