The BBC has reported that a surprise inspection of Basildon University
Hospital by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) has uncovered continuing concerns about its maternity care.

Following an inspection early in 2019, the maternity unit at the hospital was found to require improvement. However, a recent further inspection has shown that a number of concerns remain including the following:

• High-risk women giving birth in low-risk areas
• Shortage of necessary skills and experience
• Dysfunctional working relationships between professionals
• Concerns about foetal heart monitoring

The CQC report has observed that ‘there had been a lack of learning from previous incidents and actions put in place were not embedded.’

CQC’s chief inspector is reported as saying. “We have issued a warning notice requiring the trust to make urgent improvements to ensure mothers and babies are safe.”

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