UK hospitals to improve after maternity scandal

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After two families that had lost their babies campaigned for an inquiry, a review of maternity services provided by the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS trust began in 2018.  The outcome  Ockenden Report released today  This is the first report  post review of 250 cases; the clinical  team has been presented with families reporting more than 1,800 cases of alleged harm to families from 2000 to 2019, including cases of stillbirth, neonatal death, maternal death and other severe complications in mothers and newborns, which they will attempt to review.  Karen

ABC News  12/10/2020

UK hospitals to improve after maternity scandal


A review into a scandal-hit English Shrewsbury and Telford NHS trust has found a pattern of failures and poor maternal care that led in some cases to avoidable deaths and harm to mothers and newborns

Full  OCKENDON REPORT: Emerging Findings and Recommendations from the Independent Review of MATERNITY SERVICES AT THE SHREWSBURY AND TELFORD HOSPITAL NHS TRUST

subee, MSN, CRNA

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I couldn't find any bio on Donna Okenden, the author of the review.  That would be useful to know.  

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Donna Ockenden is a Senior Midwife Adviser to the chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)  in the  United Kingdom. She has 30 years nursing experience, started as nurse midwife in 1991 and later as a nurse leader in the UK  including as Divisional Clinical Director, Chief Midwife  at the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust,


Donna Ockenden is a respected and high profile health care leader in the UK and internationally. Her expertise includes the leadership and management of Maternity services and Women and Children’s Divisions and she is well respected within the field of elderly care.


TheMoonisMyLantern, ADN, LPN, RN

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Interesting, in the link it said that English hospitals were so focused on avoiding c-sections that complications occurred that could have been prevented IF a c-section been performed. I always heard we had the opposite problem here in the states with the decision to deliver via c-section is done too soon, not sure if that's still true.

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Thank you for sharing this. Important for us to acknowledge that this happens here in the US on the daily, with negative consequences especially for women of color. 

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