The United Kingdom apologizes for a hospital scandal that resulted in the deaths of 200 babies.

A damning investigation into Britain’s largest maternity crisis claimed on Wednesday that more than 200 babies may have survived if they had been given better care at birth, prompting a government apology.

Over a 20-year period from 2000 to 2019, the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust had a series of repetitive failings, according to the research.

According to the investigation, which was requested in 2017 after concerns about the hospital group’s high rates of newborn fatalities, babies were stillborn, died shortly after birth, or were left severely brain-damaged.

It also revealed that nine of the twelve mothers who died during the time period could have received “much” better treatment, and that others were forced to have natural births when they should not have been.

However, the state-funded organization, which runs many hospitals in Shropshire, central England, either failed to investigate the cases thoroughly or failed to learn from them.

According to the report’s author, maternity expert Donna Ockenden, “the full scope of serious accidents… remained hidden for a long time.”

“I am sorry to all the families who have suffered so greatly,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid told parliament, reaffirming those affected’s years of advocacy.

“The study clearly demonstrates that a service that was supposed to assist you and your loved ones in bringing life into this world failed you.”

‘Continued failures’ –

Javid and the hospital trust vowed to put the report’s dozens of recommendations into action, conceding that the care and even compassion provided were inadequate.

He promised to hold individuals responsible for “severe and recurrent failures” accountable. He stated that a police investigation is looking over 600 cases.

After violent forceps deliveries, some kids suffered skull fractures, shattered bones, or developed cerebral palsy, according to the findings.

According to the assessment of instances involving almost 1,500 families and nearly 1,600 clinical occurrences, other neonates were depleted of oxygen and suffered life-altering brain damage.

It was shown that one in every four stillbirths had “serious or major concerns” about the prenatal care provided.

They could have had a different outcome if the care had been handled properly, according to the report. The trust never looked into forty percent of the stillbirths.

Midwives were “overconfident” in their competence, were hesitant to consult senior staff, failed to monitor babies’ heart rates on multiple occasions, and did not utilize medicines properly during labor, according to Ockenden.

Caesarean rates were routinely 8-12 percent lower than the English average, and despite the risks, professionals were determined to keep them low.

The 250-page report detailed how affected families were kept in the dark about case assessments and were frequently handled without compassion and empathy.

Some women who died were blamed for their own deaths, while grieving parents were dismissed when they expressed their worries.


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