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Furness hospital baby deaths: Midwifery council criticised over speed of response

Avoidable deaths occurred at a hospital while regulators took too long to act on concerns about midwives, a report has said.

Eleven babies and one mother died at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria, between 2004 and 2013.

A Professional Standards Authority review said the Nursing and Midwifery Council failed to react quickly enough to concerns from police and families.

The NMC has apologised and admitted its approach was “unacceptable”.

Concerns at the hospital were first raised after the death of nine-day-old Joshua Titcombe in 2008 from sepsis.

This prompted a highly critical government-backed report in 2015 which said a “lethal mix” of failures led to a number of deaths.

Read more at BBC Health.

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