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in just two years Granthshala Allegations of damages have risen from dozens to 1,500 since the Nottingham maternity scandal was first exposed.
by an exposé in 2020 Granthshala After a decade of repeated poor care at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust found evidence, parents were forced to fight to find out the truth about what happened to their child.
probe, with channel 4There were 46 cases of children who were abandoned with permanent brain damage and 19 still-births and 15 deaths.
Many families and employees came forward Granthshala With stories of failures by the trust, including that of Gary and Sarah Andrews, whose daughter Winter died just 23 minutes after birth.
Families including the Andrews have faced a lack of transparency from the trust following mistakes in care, with key medical notes missing or inaccurate as well as failing to investigate serious incidents and underreporting.
Whistle blowers also expressed concern about the shortage of staff at the behest of the trust. Granthshala It was struggling to fill 70 full-time vacancies for midwives.
The scale of the failings prompted Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, when he was chair of the Health Select Committee, to investigate the scandal.
Following of the independent Expose, a major review was launched in July 2020. However, this review has been superseded by a new independent review led by Donna Ockenden, who chaired the inquiry into the Shrewsbury maternity scandal.
Within months of the new review starting, hundreds of families came forward. in November Granthshala It was learned that the number of cases to be investigated is expected to reach at least 1,500.
In December 2021, Jack and Sarah Hawkins won a clinical negligence claim against the Trust over the death of their daughter, Harriet. The trust was forced to pay £2.8 million to the couple.
Now following a criminal prosecution brought by The Care Quality Commission, the trust has been fined a record £800,000 for failing to provide care for Winter Sophia Andrews and her mother. This is the largest ever fine for parenting failures since the CQC prosecution.
The NUH’s indictment follows findings from the Shrewsbury Maternity Inquiry last year, which found that 300 babies had died or been left with brain injuries because of failing care by the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust.