Denise McKeown
Denise McKeown
Partner - Health & Injury

A coroner has ruled that the death of one week old baby, Harry Richford, was “wholly avoidable” and “contributed to by neglect.”

The coroner, Christopher Sutton-Mattocks, identified a number of failings in the care provided to Harry and his mother during his delivery at Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate. The hospital, which is managed by the East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust has indicated that they accept the coroner’s conclusions and findings and have apologised to Harry’s parents for the devastating loss of their son. They also accepted that the care which had been provided fell below an acceptable standard.

More Cases being Investigated

It has subsequently transpired that there may have been at least seven preventable baby deaths at East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust and twenty-six maternity cases are currently being investigated. The Trust was placed into special measures in 2014 following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which rated its care, including maternity services, as inadequate.

This follows investigations into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust which also identified unnecessary deaths during delivery and babies sustaining permanent brain damage after being deprived of oxygen during birth, as a result of substandard care.

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