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Criminal investigation launched into maternity scandal at Shropshire hospitals

Failures at the Shrewsbury and Telford trust have been described as the worst maternity scandal in NHS history.

Police are investigating whether criminal charges should be brought over poor care and potentially avoidable deaths of babies and mothers at hospitals in Shropshire.

The investigation's now looking at more than 16-hundred cases from 1979 to this year.

Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Wessell from West Mercia Police said: “Today, 30 June 2020, we have met with NHS Improvement, The Department of Health and the independent reviewer to discuss complaints made against Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust in relation to maternity services and provision. The independent review is ongoing.

“We can confirm that a police investigation will be conducted to explore whether there is evidence to support a criminal case either against the Trust or any individuals involved. The investigation is now live so we are unable to comment any further at this time.”

If anyone has any information in relation to this issue, who hasn’t already been in touch with the review team, please contact either the Police at MajorIncidentUnit@westmercia.pnn.police.uk or through the Major Incident Public Portal https://mipp.police.uk/operation/22HQ19D84-PO1 or by calling 101. Alternatively you can contact the Independent Review Team at maternityreview@donnaockenden.com

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