Jeremy Hunt has announced an investigation into a series of baby deaths at the same NHS trust
At least seven babies died in less than two years at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. The deaths were later found to be avoidable, with a failure to monitor heart rates properly a contributory factor in five.
Now Mr Hunt wants NHS England and NHS Improvement to review all the cases, as well as other incidents at the trust, to ensure they were properly examined.
He wants NHS England and NHS Improvement to review all the cases
The trust said changes had been made and that its mortality rates are now in line with the national average.
Mr Hunt’s move comes after the BBC learned of a string of deaths between September 2014 and May 2016.
Inquests and legal action against the trust found they need not have happened.
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Most cases are thought to have involved a monitor called a CTG, used to indicate how a foetal heart rate responds to stress.
In 2009 the same trust was probed over the death of baby Kate Stanton-Davies by NHS England, which found a “lack of safety culture”.
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The trust’s medical director Edwin Borman told the BBC: “We’ve put systems in place to make improvements.”