A former Shropshire midwife has been struck off by Nursing and Midwifery Council, with the regulator citing serious misconduct in care for two babies, one of whom died just hours after being born at Ludlow Community Hospital in 2009.
Philip Dunne MP, who had taken up the case of Baby Kate with then Health Ministers after meeting her parents, spoke today about the lessons that must be learned.
Mr Dunne said: “This decision by the NMC to strike off a midwife from the Register relates in part to the tragic loss of baby Kate back in 2009 whose parents were constituents of mine, whose case led the then Secretary of State to order a review of maternity at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust which runs the midwife led service at Ludlow Community Hospital.
My sympathies go out to everyone involved in this tragedy, in particular the parents and their family. But also to the staff who work hard to provide a safe service to local residents and young mums.
It is absolutely right that we ensure lessons are learned so all midwives and other clinicians in whatever setting they are working, are well trained to identify expectant mothers at risk of complication.
I visited the Mothers and Children’s department at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford two weeks ago following the Care Quality Commission inspection and decision by NHS Improvement to place the Trust in Special Measures. I was reassured that the Trust is working hard to learn from the past, to focus on patient safety and improve training. There are improvements in patient outcomes emerging, but this remains a continual process and it is good to see the Trust open to support from the wider NHS system to ensure it gets this right.”