Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals: Families Welcome Police Investigation

Families ‘Want No Stone Left Unturned’ In Quest For Answers

Families have welcomed a criminal investigation into maternity services at a Hospital Trust at the centre of an inquiry into baby deaths.

West Mercia Police has confirmed it is looking into alleged failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and whether they are grounds for a criminal case.

An independent inquiry is already investigating nearly 1,200 cases connected to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in Shrewsbury. These include the deaths of babies and mums as well as cases where children have been left with disabilities after being diagnosed with serious brain injuries. 

West Mercia Police has confirmed it has met with Donna Ockenden, the senior midwife who is leading the independent inquiry, and NHS officials to discuss complaints made against the Trust. The force is now investigating whether they are grounds to bring criminal charges either against the Trust or against individuals. 

Irwin Mitchell represents a number of families who have asked the law firm’s specialist lawyers to investigate the care they received under Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. 

Expert Opinion

“We know from speaking to our existing clients that they are concerned about this latest development and understandably have further questions.

“However, at the same time the families welcome the police investigation. All they want is for no stone to be left unturned and for the most comprehensive and transparent investigation possible to be conducted into their concerns.

“We are continuing to support the families we represent to help establish answers to their questions.

“It’s vital that families receive the care and support they may need to get through this difficult time while the Ockenden review and police are allowed to carry out their work.” Tim Annett – Partner

An investigation was ordered into baby deaths at the Trust in 2017 by then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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Initially the investigation was to look into 23 cases but was expanded to more than 270 last year.

Earlier this year the review announced it was now looking into 1,170 cases stretching back 40 years.

To find out more about our work supporting families connected to the Ockenden review visit our Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals section. Alternatively to speak to an expert contact us or call 0370 1500 100.

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