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East Kent Hospitals : Baby deaths " Could have been prevented. "
At least seven preventable baby deaths may have occurred at one of the largest groups of hospitals in England since 2016, a BBC investigation has found.
A snippet :
Concerns over working culture:
There were also two stillbirths in 2016 :
In March that year, the unit failed to recognise a baby boy was small for his dates, did not act on suspicious CTG readings and failed to deliver the baby promptly.
And in June, risk factors were again not identified, the CTG was not properly monitored and a baby girl died.
"The trust admitted in both of those cases, that had proper care been given in term of the obstetrics and midwifery care, then those children would have survived," says Emmalene Bushnell, from Leigh Day solicitors, who acted for both families.
The trust has struggled to improve maternity care for years, despite repeatedly being made aware of the problems.
In 2015, the medical director asked experts from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to review maternity care, amid "concerns over the working culture".
Their review, seen by the BBC, found poor team working in the unit, a number of consultants operating as they saw fit, a lack of performance management of the consultant body and out of date clinical guidelines.
It highlights consultants who :
failed to carry out labour ward rounds, review women, make plans of care or attend out of hours when requested.
rarely attended CTG training.
were reported " As doing their own thing rather than follow guidelines. "
Staff told the review they believed :
maternity services were not a priority at Board level.
there was little point in raising concerns as no action would be taken by the trust.
The trust was placed into special measures in 2014 following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission which rated its care, including maternity services, as inadequate.
Subsequent CQC reports have rated it as Requires Improvement.
East Kent is one of the largest hospital trusts in England with five hospitals and community clinics and almost 7,000 babies born there each year.
The trust's extended perinatal mortality rate, the total of stillbirths and those babies who die within 28 days of being born, has been consistently higher than the UK average for every year between 2014 and 2017.
And in 2017, the last year for which figures are available, it was the highest in the country of trusts offering comparable maternity services.
In a lengthy statement to the BBC, the trust did not address any of the cases we highlighted.
Instead it said: "We have been making changes to improve our maternity service for a number of years.
"Every baby and every family is important to us. We recognise that we need to improve the speed of change.
"We express our heartfelt condolences to every family that has lost a loved one and we wholeheartedly apologise to families for whom we could have done things differently."