It was reported earlier this month that hundreds of additional cases have been added to the investigation into the quality of maternity care at Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

Almost 500 extra cases involving serious concerns about maternity care have come to light through a broader investigation. The cases relate to incidents of neonatal deaths, stillbirths and baby brain damage since 2000.

Over 1000 incidents were already the focus of a review, initiated by the former Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, in 2018 and led by Donna Ockenden, a midwifery expert.

An assessment of maternity care at the NHS Trust by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the same year made the observation that ‘neonatal and perinatal mortality rates will not improve until areas of poor/substandard care are addressed.’

Interim findings of the investigation are expected later this year.

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