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Maternity services: Health regulator and coroner warn of failings at Essex trust

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 19 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4527
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

An NHS hospital trust has had conditions placed on its registration, as maternity services at one of its hospitals remained “inadequate for being safe, effective and well led” after a previous formal warning to improve.1

In a separate development a coroner has blamed the same trust, Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, for the stillbirth of a healthy baby from a botched attempt at forceps delivery at another of its hospitals. Baby Frederick Terry endured a skull fracture and brain haemorrhage during the attempt before he was finally delivered by caesarean section at Broomfield Hospital in Essex in November 2019.

“The evidence showed that baby Freddie’s very serious scalp and brain injuries were sustained during the failed forceps attempted delivery and, but for these, baby Freddie would have …

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