The Care Quality Commission has revealed that East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been fined in excess of £700,000 for failing to provide safe care to its patients.

The prosecution related specifically to the case of Sarah Rochford whose new-born son, Harry, died following what is described as ‘a series of events’ during the birth.

The Trust had admitted failing to provide safe care and treatment ‘resulting in avoidable harm’.

The deputy chief inspector of hospitals, Nigel Acheson is reported as observing that “the series of events which led up to Harry’s death could and should have been avoided.”

A government enquiry into the quality of maternity care in England is on-going.

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